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Two women and a boy with a large kite

Kikukawa Eizan

Two women and a boy with a large kite
4 0 c m
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm


The print is signed as 'Kikukawa Eizan hitsu'. 'Hitsu' is a suffix, meaning drawing by or design by. This print is a part of a triptych, and depics a New Year time. A girl is holding a 'hagoita', a rectangular wooden paddle, which is used to play 'hanetsuki', a Japanese traditional game similar to badminton and it is played by girls during the New Year celebration. A boy is holding a kite, and kite is also a popular traditional New Year's game. A lady in black kimono is 'maiko', an apprentice geisha, as she is wearing her 'Okobo/ Pokkuri geta' and long 'obi'.

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Colour woodblock print
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