Jul 7, 2014

Child Reaching for a Fishbowl

Child Reaching for a Fishbowl

c. mid 1720s

Nishimura Shigenaga

(Japanese, 1697?-1756)

Hand-colored woodblock print

Sheet: 33.7 x 15.9 cm (13 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.349



This early hand-colored print is enriched with a technique called urushi-e (literally “lacquer picture”), in which glue is painted over areas of black pigment, producing a lustrous surface reminiscent of lacquer. Metal filings sprinkled onto the designs of parasols, a fan, and musical instruments on the woman’s kimono enhance the sense of luxury.

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