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Utamaro

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Artist: Utamaro Kitagawa
Title: Beauty with a Grinding Mill from the series Ten Physiognomic Aspects of Women

Date: originally published c. 1790s by Yamashiroya, this (c. 1950s) published by Adachi with publisher's seal on verso
Size: oban, approximately 10" x 15"
Condition: VG, minor flaws as shown
Impression: VG, excellent reproduction with attention to details, solid key lines and nice surface texture
Color: VG, with bleed through to verso
About this print: The grinding mill depicted in this print was a common kitchen accessory in Japan during the Edo period. It is a simple devise consisting of two circular stone slabs, about one foot in diameter and five inches in thickness. One slab was placed over the other, and cereal poured in through a hole in the center of the top stone. The top stone was rotated by a handle, and the cereal was ground into powder. It was customarily used by women working in the kitchen, such as the young housewife pictured in the print, who smiles as she cranks the stone.