Jul 25, 2014

Hanaōgi of Ōgiya from the series Picture Puzzles

Hanaōgi of Ōgiya from the series Picture Puzzles

c. 1797

Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川 歌麿

(Japanese, c. 1754–1806)

Color woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Sheet: 37.6 x 25.4 cm (14 13/16 x 10 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.359



In this tricky print, one must decode the small pictures in the rectangle at the upper left corner to learn the identity of the subject of the print: a woman whose name means "Flower Fan," her place of work called the "House of Fans," and what she is doing—emerging from a mosquito net.

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