Aug 11, 2014

Prayers for Rain, from the series Seven Elegant Komachi

Prayers for Rain, from the series Seven Elegant Komachi

late 1790s

Kitagawa Utamaro 喜多川 歌麿

(Japanese, c. 1754–1806)

Woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Sheet: 38.2 x 25.2 cm (15 1/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.1030



Seven plays based on legends from the life of 9th-century poet Ono no Komachi served as the source for this print series. In the play, Komachi shelters from the rain under an umbrella held by her servant. In this print, an elegantly coiffed mother and child replace the poet and her servant.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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