January: The Shuttlecock - Charming image of beauties playing games at New Year's. The beauty at left holds up a decorated battledore for a traditional holiday game similar to badminton. She hurries away, being chased by a playful young woman who runs after her with a brush, trying to daub her with ink. At right, a small girl and her mother giggle with amusement as they watch the pair, a shuttlecock lying on the ground before them. In the center, a yakko-dako or man kite is tangled in the branches of a bare plum tree, a reminder of the popularity of flying kites for the New Year. A delightful scene with soft shading and attractive color in the elegant kimono, and burnishing on the black geta clogs.
Artist - Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Holes, repaired. Creasing, vertical fold in left panel. Please see photos for details.