Item from the Mokuhankan Flea Market

Woman Holding a Fishbowl

Size: 40.5cm by 27.0cm (15.94 in by 10.63 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Kitagawa Utamaro

Era: Post-war | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 10,000$ 79.00£ 65.50€ 77.25 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print is from the set "Ukiyo-e Beauties Overseas" (在外浮世絵美人画逸品集) which consists of 12 reprints of bijin-ga (beautiful women paintings) from Boston and Chicago museums collection.

It depicts a girl in a yukata (casual cotton kimono for summer) buying goldfish on her way home from a public bath. The red color of her lips and the goldfish stand out against the overall monochrome color scheme. It is interesting that the goldfish is drawn much larger than the neck of the fishbowl. How did it get into that glass bowl ...?


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