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Little peachling: calendar print for 1765

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Suzuki Harunobu, Little peachling: calendar print for 1765, 1765, color woodblock print with embossing on paper; chūban nishiki-e, The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection, public domain, 32.93

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Title

Little peachling: calendar print for 1765

Related Titles

alternate; original language: 見立桃太郎

alternate; translated: A Parody of the Tale of Momotarō

alternate; transliterated: Mitate Momotarō

Artist

Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725?-1770)

Related People

carver: Sekine Kaei (Japanese, active 18th century)

Date

1765

Medium

color woodblock print with embossing on paper; chūban nishiki-e

Edition

no other known impressions

Catalogue Raisonné

Ukiyoe shūka v. 9, fig. 11

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 8 1/4 in x 11 1/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

carver's mark: Sekine Kaei koku 関根柯影刻 (carved [by] Sekine Kaei), printed in black, lower right Language: Japanese

signature: Suzuki Harunobu ga 鈴木春信画 (picture [by] Suzuki Harunobu), printed in black, lower right Language: Japanese

seal: [first three characters undeciphered]-in □木?氏?印, printed in red within a square, center right Language: Japanese

signature [patron's signature]: Shokō kō 初考工 (conceived [by] Shokō), printed in black, center right Language: Japanese

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Japanese Traditional Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

Accession Number

32.93

Copyright

public domain

Terms

calendars

chuban

embossing

Japanese woodblock prints

nishiki-e

relief printing

relief prints

The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

Description

Many of Harunobu's earliest full-color nishiki-e are calendar prints. The publication of calendars was restricted by government edict; nevertheless, 1765 and 1766 saw a boom in privately commissioned images with hidden calendrical markings. Here, numerals for the short months of 1765 appear in the pattern of a young woman’s robe. She emerges from a peach in an allusion to the beloved folk tale about Momotarō, the little Peach Boy. Harunobu's name as designer and that of block carver Sekine Kaei appear at the lower right, while the patron, identified as Shokō, is given credit for conceiving the image. The placement and size of these inscriptions points to the hierarchy of contributors to the final product.

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