Momotaro riding a new year's hobby horse and a Geisha with a Shamisen

Kitagawa Utamaro
1753 - 1806
Momotaro riding a new year's hobby horse and a Geisha with a Shamisen
1800 - 180
Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Vertical ōban, 394 x 266 mm

Signed: Utamaro Hitsu
Publisher: Ōmiya Gonkurō

From the series: A Set of Three Sake Cups for the First Month - Tarō – zukimitzugumisakazuri


The three prints of this series, also designed to be enjoyed as single sheets (as evidenced by the title present on each) can be composed in a triptych, of which our print is the first on the left.

Fine impression and colour perfectly retained, very good condition, the upper edge very slightly frayed.

The print was intended to celebrate the New Year. Behind the geisha appear the lucky treasures. On the undergarment of Momotaro the Danjuro’s crest (mimasu) appears twice.

References:
K.Shibui, Utamaro, Ukiyo- Zuten, vol. 13, Tokyo 1964, p. 20.
S. Asano - T. Clark, The Passionate Art of Kitagawa Utamaro, British Museum, 1995, p. 216, no. 359, ill. p. 184.