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

Print: Wakanoura Bay in Kii Province (紀伊和歌浦): From the series Comparison of Renowned Sceneries and Beautiful Women (Honchō fūkei bijin kurabe - 本朝風景美人競)

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Dates: created,circa 1832 - 1834
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
Artist's seal: double toshidama in red
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Marks 446 - seal 25-210)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Google map - Wakanoura is located in Wakayama City in the northwest corner of Wakayama Prefecture; Keio University Library - another example from this series;

Physical description:

A beautiful woman wrapped in a heavy plaid blue and white winter robe is trying to warm herself from the coals in a hibachi.

This is one print from a larger series by Kunisada. In each of them is a large "elaborately ornamented and bejewelled votive lantern."

Notice that there is a collapsed lantern, chōchin-style, to the left of the squatting woman. If there is a particular significance to this item we are unaware of what it is. However, it does have the character 吉 (kichi) printed on it. It also appears on the front of the box right next to it.

Sebastian Izzard tells us that there are 10 prints in this series. He also gives a slightly different take on identifying so-called lantern motif: "This series of ten prints takes advantage of the vogue for aizuri-e (blue-printed pictures) and for Chinese-style exotica. The vignettes of views with which the beauties are compared are in the form of blue and white porcelain plaques in elaborate frames with silk tassels and glass ornaments." Kunisada's World, p. 135.