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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)

Identifier: 1847-52c Kuniyoshi daruma kite.jpg
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.

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