by Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
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!
Wasp and Hairy Caterpillar - The poems read:
The taste of a maiden is like honey that is nimbly taken from a hornet’s nest.
Watch out, like love the caterpillar may sting if it is creeping on you.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 8 5/8" x 12 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, a couple light creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.