Beauty Reading while her Hair Is Combed
Date: ca.1805 (Bunka period)
This is from the second series of Nana Komachi that Utamaro designed, which relates to the seven extraordinary stories from the great poetess Ono no Komachi’s life.A woman in yukata kimono has her hair combed by a young girl. She is reading a letter torn into two parts. The waka poem reads: aruwa naku nakiwa kazusou yononakani aware izureno hi made nagekan.
Publisher: Ise-ya Sôemon
Size: ôban
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Clean. Slight trimming.
Sealed: Censor’s seal: Kiwame
Inventory Number: UTA036