Beauty Being Ravished by Kappa - Unusual image of two kappa attacking and ravishing a diving girl. Kappa are mythological creatures or water spirits, depicted as either mischievous or evil. Here, the creatures grapple with a beauty underwater as she attempts to fight them off, surrounded by seaweed and curious little fish. Her companion watches from a rocky outcropping, holding her hand to her chin. A basket filled with abalone rests on the shore beside her and a pine tree frames the scene. A famous design from this Utamaro shunga series.
This rare large format reprint - This is an especially rare, double oban format reprint, published by Kyoeido with publisher's seal in right margin. We have never before come across this famous subject in a reprint size this large. Beautifully printed and detailed, this reprint is an excellent choice for a collector interested in classic Utamaro imagery.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 18 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details. Excellent overall with no issues to report.