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Preparing Food for a Nightingale
  • Kitagawa Utamaro
    1754–1806
    active: Japan
  • Preparing Food for a Nightingale, 1798, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • From the book Otoko tōka (Men's Stamping Dance, album page)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 216 x 355 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 8 1/2 x 14 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 244 x 373 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 5/8 x 14 5/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7892
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

From album of kyōka and illustrations by Utamaro, Eishi, Hokusai, Shigemara, etc. Four women prepare food for Nightingale at right side, servant woman at left. Woman in center handles bags with seeds and another woman holds pestle, and shows it to servant woman at left as they both laugh, comparing it to the male member. Other woman holds cage with bird, and talks with woman standing at right. Flowering plum in foreground. Screen in background.