Kitagawa Utamaro


Children at Play as the Thirty-Six Immortal Poets, a Set of Thirty-Six: The Priest Hoshi
(Kodomo asobi sanjurokkasen: Sanjuroku-mai tsuzuki, Ho [Sosei Hoshi])

signed Utamaro hitsu, with publisher's seal 'I' (Sawamuraya Seikichi) and censor's seal kiwame, 1806

oban tate-e 15 3/8 by 10 3/8 in., 39 by 26.2 cm

This print is from a rather obscure series; Collia-Suzuki records only three extant designs in her comprehensive index, none of which we are able to locate in any published reference as of yet.

The poem above the figures is by the Immortal Poet Sosei Hoshi:

sakura yanagi o
miyako zo haru no
nishiki narikeru

The endless of cherry and willow
weave together
the capital's springtime
ornate brocade!

Gina Collia-Suzuki, The Complete Woodblock Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro: A Descriptive Catalogue, 2009, p. 142, no. 89 ('asobi' missing from the series title)
(inv. no. 10-4870)

price: $3,500


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