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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.
untitled; given title: Ono no Komachi Bringing Rain (Amagoi Komachi)
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864)