Komachi Washing Her Book of Poems


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    This print is a mitate from a different series of Nana Komachi. In the book at the left top corner with cherry blossom, the same poem by Ono no Komachi is inscribed [see EAX.4436] but the mitate images are different. This derives from the image of Utamaro’s version of Sōshiarai-komachi (1801-3), which illustrates a scene of a mother and a daughter looking at a tenarai-sōshi (booklet of poems). In this print by Eizan a woman leans over the shoulder of another, offering a sōshi book as a substitute for the one she is reading. 

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