Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: A woman breast feeding a child while putting her hair up - from the series Richly Colored Contemporary Fashions (Gokusaishiki jisei shitate - 極彩時世仕立)

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Dates: circa 1819,created
Dimensions: Overall dimensions

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Iseya Rihei (Marks 152 - seal 01-122)
Censor: kiwame

Related links: Kunisada.de - 8 prints from this series; Lyon Collection - another print from this series;

Physical description:

One of the great design elements of this print is the 'human touch.' Not only is it expressed through the breast feeding but also by the charming figure of the other woman bent over distracting the child with what may be a wafer. Also, notice that the child is tweaking the other bare breast of the woman feeding him.

The title of the series appears as a label on the outside of a scroll in the upper left. A careful examination of the fabric covering the outside of the scroll shows the toshidama, Kunisada's seal.

One of the more beautiful elements of this beautiful print is the green cord loosely unwound around the title scroll. At the end of the cord is the carved ivory piece used to secure the scroll when tightly closed. A wonderful touch.