Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Painting the Lips
  • Kitagawa Utamaro
    died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Painting the Lips, circa 1794–1795, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 381 x 249 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 15 x 9 3/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7883
Label Text

Courtesan sits intent on application of rouge and powder for teeth. Part of her leg and red undergarment are exposed. Accessories surround her on the floor, including gallnut powder (kane) to blacken the teeth, and a small pot of paint for the lips. Yellow background. Printed glue applied to back of mirror.