- Provenance information is currently unavailable
- Previous Owner(s)
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
Erotic prints, known as pillow pictures (makura-e) or spring pictures (shunga), were usually published in sets of twelve designs and sold as an album. This print comes from a narrative illustrating the adventures of Ukiyonosuke, who received a special dumpling that transformed him into the miniature Maneemon, who embarked on a quest to learn about love. Here, the text is written in the cloudlike space above the picture. A visitor to a brothel in the Yoshiwara pleasure district is attempting to seduce a high-ranking courtesan's young attendant. The couple looks back at the courtesan when they are interrupted by Maneemon, who passes wind while hiding in the blossoming cherry tree to the left.
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 108, pp. 270-271.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum