Woman Trimming Fingernails
Woman Trimming Fingernails
Woman Trimming Fingernails

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Woman Trimming Fingernails

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864)


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.

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864)
period
Edo
creation date
about 1845 (by signature; see Curator Notes)
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
28-1/16 x 9-1/4 in. (image & sheet)
mark descriptions
Signed by artist: Kunisada aratame nidai Toyokuni ga (Kunisada, taking the name of Toyokuni III)
Publisher's mark: Jukakudō (Maru-ya Seijirō)
Censor's seal: Tanaka
accession number
45.214
credit line
Gift in memory of Charles C. Kryter
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors