Woman Trimming Fingernails

 
Artist
Creation date
Publisher
Jukakudō
Publisher
Maru-ya Seijirō
Period
Edo
Materials
color woodblock print
Mark Descriptions
Artist's signature: Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga (Kunisada, taking the name of Toyokuni III) Publisher's mark: Jukakudō (Maru-ya Seijirō) Censor seal: Tanaka
Dimensions
28-1/16 x 9-1/4 in. (image & sheet)
Credit line
Gift in memory of Charles C. Kryter
Accession number
45.214
Collection
Not Currently On View

爪切り

This magnificent composition features a young woman performing the mundane task of trimming her nails. Yet the loose wisps of hair and the kerchief held in her mouth add sensuality to the image. She fills the entire picture frame in a way that heightens the sense of her presence and imparts monumentality to the image.

Prints in this format were called kakemono (hanging scroll) prints, and could be mounted as inexpensive substitutes for paintings.

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