Woodblock-printed frontispiece (kuchi-e); ink and color on paper
Gift of Frederick and Tina Zwegat 2020.81
The Chinese word for bat is a homonym for fortune, a motif borrowed by Japan.
This image portrays a woman in a summer robe with a bat motif. She looks out into the evening scene on the street from behind bamboo bars in a hot spring bath. The design was once inserted into an August edition of the journal Bungei Kurabu (Literary Arts) to illustrate a story. While he got his start in creating book illustrations, Kaburaki Kiyokata went on to become a celebrated painter.
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