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Maker(s):Kitagawa Utamaro I
Culture:Japanese (1753-1806)
Title:Kakitsuke [Blackening], from the series Hakoiri Ichidai Kagami [Mirror of Life of a Protected Woman]
Date Made:April 1806
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and colors on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Image: 18.7325 cm x 12.7 cm; 7 3/8 in x 5 in; Sight: 18.415 cm x 12.7 cm; 7 1/4 in x 5 in
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, ctr. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Utamaro hitsu]; TITLE; recto, upp. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Hakoiri Ichidai Kagami / Kakitsuke]; SEAL: recto, lwr. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Sen Ichi]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Kiwame]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, A].
Accession Number:  MH 1973.428.Q.RII
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Louis C. Black
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Vertical view of a woman sitting by a black stand with mirror, holding a mirror in her left hand and dipping a brush in a cup with black pigment, ready to blacken her teeth.

beauty; women; courtesans; figures; cosmetics

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