Utamaro (1750 - 1806) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Cone-headed Grasshopper and Praying Mantis
Series; Picture Book of Selected Insects (Ehon mushi erami)
Utamaro's Picture Book of Selected Insects - A fantastic series by Utamaro depicting pairings of various insects, with a kyoka (or humorous poem) relating to each creature. Some prints including touches of shimmering mica or metallic pigment. A charming group, faithfully reproduced with delicate line work, that would be perfect for collecting or decoration - bid or buy now!
Translation of Poems -
While I wait for you at midnight, I hear the cry of a grasshopper and think it is the sound of the creaking door.
Not knowing if my love will have a change of mind, I wait holding my head high like a praying mantis.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 12 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.