Artist: Utagawa Kuniyasu (歌川国安)

Print: Bijin looking at the full moon

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Dates: 1820s,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed. Kuniyasu hitsu (国安筆)
Publisher: Probably Yama-Mura
(Marks U403 - seal not listed but closest to 04-016) Censor's seal: kiwame

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Physical description:

The theme of this print is an ancient one of wild geese flying near a harvest moon. It is prominent in both Chinese and Japanese poetry and lore. The fan lying by the woman shows of geese descending which may also be a reference to another classical theme.

The woman's tobacco pouch lying on the ground near her is meant to mimic the fabric of here robe. Perhaps it is a chosen accessory much as a woman today would choose her shoes, purse or a scarf to look the most stylish.

The brazier strengthens the argument that this print hints at the coming of Autumn.

There is also another possible interpretation. This may be a mitate of Returning boats to Yabase on Lake Biwa. Notice the small sailboats in the background.