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Kitagawa Utamaro, Japanese, (1754–1806)
Woman Exhaling Smoke from a Pipe (Reproduction), 1792-1793
Ink on Paper
15 7/8 in. x 10 5/16 in. (403.23 mm x 261.94 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.71


Commentary
Reproduction, by Takamizawa.

Marks
On verso, in pencil: Choki, Johnson VI 42. On mat, in pencil: Utamaro, Takamizawa reproduction. Signed: Sokan Utamaro koga (thoughtfully drawn by Utamaro the Physiognomist). Censor's seal: Kiwame.

Medium
Colored ink on paper, with mica background. Woodblock print.

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock print with an image of a woman.

Eight prints are known from this combined series of Fujo ninso juppin/Fujin sogaku juttai [Ten Views of Female Physiognomy], several of which rank among Utamaro's masterpieces. The present design displays the open charms of a courtesan at leisure, smoking a long pipe after a bath in the summer. Effective use is made of the mica background. A subtle embossed effect hardly visible in reproduction gives an added realistic touch: a stream of smoke issuing from the girl's lips.

(Ref. R. Lane, "Images from the Floating World," p. 136)

Publisher
Koshodo (Tsuta-ya Juzaburo) seal.

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