Beauty with image of Shôki; Fifth Month
Date: ca. 1792-3
Paintings of Shôki were traditionally displayed on Boy’s Day. A large banner with an image of Shôki, a symbol of protection from evil and illness has been hung. In front a mother points at Shôki, whereas the baby boy is scared by the huge Shôki image. The text talks about the proud mother who had a boy as the first child. This image of Shôki may have been “painted” by Utamaro’s teacher. Three other designs are in the Art Institute of Chicago.
Publisher: Wakasaya Yoichi
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Clean. Slight trimming.
Sealed: “Uta” in circle
Inventory Number: UTA035