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Utamaro

Kitagawa Utamaro

1753-1806

Customs of the Twelve Months with Kyoka: Eleventh Month

signed Utamaro ga, published by Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindo), ca. 1790-91

chuban tate-e 9 5/8 by 6 3/4 in., 24.4 by 17.2 cm

From an untitled series depicting scenes from festivities throughout the year. During the eleventh lunar month the Fuigo Festival (or Bellows Festival) was celebrated with the blacksmiths extinguishing their fires and placing their bellows, along with oranges, within their household shrines. At the conclusion of the festival the oranges were tossed to children. In this composition two men on the roof of a shrine toss fruit to outstretched hands below. The kyoka poem is by Kawafune no Saonaga.

References:
Shugo Asano and Timothy Clark, The Passionate Art of Kitagawa Utamaro, 1995, text, p. 113 (on series)
Gina Collia-Suzuki, The Complete Woodblock Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro, A Descriptive Catalogue, 2009, p. 300

price: $ 500

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