Suzuki Harunobu, ca. 1724-1770
Under a Mosquito Net While Amusing a Child
from an untitled series; a young mother emerges from beneath a mosquito net to pacify an infant with a blow toy; her lover beneath the net pulls a robe over his head to mimic the small bobbing Daruma doll in the foreground, the ominaeshi (valerian, or 'maiden flower') in the vase is one of the aki no nanakusa (seven autumnal flowers), but the open verandah and mosquito net indicate it must be the 8th or 9th month when the weather is still warm, ca. 1768
chuban yoko-e 8 1/8 by 11 1/8 in., 20.5 by 28.4 cm
This impression published:
Newland, ed., The Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints, 2005, Vol. I, p. 82, fig. 53
Klompmakers, Japanese Erotic Prints, 2001, p. 21, fig. 5
Uhlenbeck, and Winkel, Japanese Erotic Fantasies, 2005, p. 93, no. 17
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