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Maker(s):Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Culture:Japanese (1797-1861)
Title:Uso to mago kokoro no ura omote [Falsehood and Truth: Both Sides of the Heart]
Date Made:1847-1848
Materials:Color woodblock print (woodcut) on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Mat: 19 1/4 in x 14 1/4 in; 48.9 cm x 36.2 cm; Sheet/Image: 14 13/16 in x 9 3/8 in; 37.6 cm x 23.8 cm
Narrative Inscription:  TITLE: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Uso to mago kokoro no ura omote]; INSCRIPTION: recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Makoto [ill.]; INSCRIPTION: recto, upp. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Uso [ill.]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Muramatsu]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Yoshimura]; SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, IchiyĆ«sai Kuniyoshi]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (red ink): [three leaves, on top of which three petals]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Minatoya Kohei]
Accession Number:  MH 1949.21.Q.RII
Credit Line:Purchase with the Nancy Everett Dwight Fund

Woman depicted with pekinese dog. Inserts of the her true [makoto] feelings and her false [uso] amenities. She has gone to visit a friend who keeps a pet pekinese. She praises it as such a cute animal eventhough it jumps on her and licks her on the lips. When she returns home, however, she bathes immediately and protests at how dirty and loarthesome the pet is. She speaks in Edo dialect.

Ukiyo-e; beauty; women; courtesans; figures; animals

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