• Woman Holding a Child Before a Daruma Kite - center panel of a triptych of <i>The Five Festivals - Mutsuki</i> (五節句之内睦月)
Woman Holding a Child Before a Daruma Kite - center panel of a triptych of <i>The Five Festivals - Mutsuki</i> (五節句之内睦月)
Woman Holding a Child Before a Daruma Kite - center panel of a triptych of <i>The Five Festivals - Mutsuki</i> (五節句之内睦月)
Woman Holding a Child Before a Daruma Kite - center panel of a triptych of <i>The Five Festivals - Mutsuki</i> (五節句之内睦月)

Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) (artist 01/01/1797 – 04/14/1861)

Woman Holding a Child Before a Daruma Kite - center panel of a triptych of The Five Festivals - Mutsuki (五節句之内睦月)

Print


ca 1847 – 1852
10 in x 14.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Publisher: Enshūya Matabei
(Marks 057 - seal 22-009)
Censor's seal: Muramatsu
National Diet Library - full triptych
Drexel University, Philadelphia
Adachi Museum of Art - the full triptych
Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art - the full triptych
Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire (via Ritsumeikan University)

Mutsuki (睦月) is the first month - now an obsolete term - of the lunar calendar. The full triptych is one of Kuniyoshi's most charming compositions. One of the tell tale signs that this is a celebration of the New Year is the hagoita being carried by the woman in the right-hand panel, not seen here.

Each panel features a bijin accompanied by a child. In this print the swaddled child is not an infant, but a child several years old apparently. Click on the print to enlarge it to see this child more closely.

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The Five Festivals are the Gosekku no uchi (五節句の内).

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The full triptych is illustrated in color in Kuniyoshi by Jūzō Suzuki, Heibonsha Limited, Publishers, 1992, no. 263.

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There is another copy of this print in the Ishibi Prefectural Museum.
Enshūya Matabei (遠州屋又兵衛) (publisher)
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
boshi-e (母子絵) (genre)
Historical - Social - Ephemera (genre)
Daruma or Bodhidharma (達磨) (role)