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A back view of the head and shoulders of a beauty applying cosmetic to her neck. Her face is already whitened and the imprint of her fingers is white on the warm colour of her neck as she begins to apply the cosmetic there. Her yukata with a large blue tie-dyed pattern has slipped from her shoulders, presenting a view of the nape of her neck, erikubi, always esteemed by the Japanese as a feature of a girl's beauty. Her face is reflected in a mirror at the left. Grey ground, dark silver mica on the mirror.
Acknowledged as one of the most magnificent of Utamaro's prints. Several states are known, the impressions are apparently equally fine and the question of priority not indisputably settled.
Hillier J., Japanese prints and drawings from the Vever Collection., Sotheby, Parke Bernet, 1st edn., 1976Summary Page | Home | bijin | Previous Picture | Next Picture |