Yamauba and Kintarō Playing with a Cherry

Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川歌麿 Japanese

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Humor and parody are central themes in Utamaro’s works, particularly in his depictions of these two figures. Yamauba can be recognized by her long face, bushy eyebrows, and unkempt hair. The mischievous, ruddy infant dislikes Yamauba’s mothering and is often shown mocking her tenderness.

Yamauba and Kintarō Playing with a Cherry, Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川歌麿 (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806), Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, Japan

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