The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 27, 2018

Cleaning Combs, c. late 1790s

color woodblock print, Sheet: 38.2 x 25.4 cm (15 x 10 in.). Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.216

In this print, a mother who has put up her child's hair into a neat bun cleans the comb. By the latter part of the Kansei era, or 1789-1801, Utamaro was frequently incorporating the activities of daily life into his images of beauties. Beyond serving as portraits, and depicting the bonds between mothers and children, the prints also take the view of a detached observer in their representations of everyday settings.

Signature: Utamaro hitsu Publisher: Omiya Gonkuro (Omiya, emblem)

The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/04/2012 - 01/20/2013); "Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal in Nineteeth-Century Paris"

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