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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Woman Holding a Child Before a Daruma Kite -
center panel of a triptych of The Five Festivals - Mutsuki (五節句之内睦月)

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Dates: circa 1847 - 1852,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Publisher: Enshūya Matabei
(Marks 057 - seal 22-009)
Censor's seal: Muramatsu

Related links: National Diet Library - full triptych; Drexel University, Philadelphia; Adachi Museum of Art - the full triptych;

Physical description:

Mutsuki (睦月) is the first month - now an obsolete term - of the lunar calendar. The full triptych is one of Kuniyoshi's most charming compositions. One of the tell tale signs that this is a celebration of the New Year is the hagoita being carried by the woman in the right-hand panel, not seen here.

Each panel features a bijin accompanied by a child. In this print the swaddled child is not an infant, but a child several years old apparently. Click on the print to enlarge it to see this child more closely.

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The Five Festivals are the Gosekku no uchi (五節句の内).

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The full triptych is illustrated in color in Kuniyoshi by Jūzō Suzuki, Heibonsha Limited, Publishers, 1992, no. 263.

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There is another copy of this print in the Ishibi Prefectural Museum.