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)
ca 1847 – 1852
10 in x 14.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
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.
The Five Festivals are the Gosekku no uchi (五節句の内).
The full triptych is illustrated in color in Kuniyoshi by Jūzō Suzuki, Heibonsha Limited, Publishers, 1992, no. 263.
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)