Gomo Fanning a Fire, 1840

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Gomo Fanning a Fire, 1840 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Gomo Fanning a Fire, 1840

Series; Brother Pictures for the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety, 1840
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Prints from the Age of the Samurai - With this group of Edo era prints opening at incentivized low bids, take a moment to be transported back to the age when samurai ruled Japan. During the Tokugawa Shogunate, Japan enjoyed a period of relative peace and prosperity for more than 250 years. Woodblock prints captured scenes from daily life, warriors and battles, the beauties of the Yoshiwara pleasure district, kabuki, and travelers along the Tokaido and Kisokaido roads. Watch for Age of the Samurai prints each week at Fuji Arts.

Gomo Fanning a Fire, 1840 - Attractive image from a series pairing beauties with examples from the book "The Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety." The "Twenty-four Paragons" illustrate the outstanding acts of devotion and self-sacrifice of twenty-four different sons and daughters to honor their parents and relatives. The inset above shows Gomo (Wu Meng in Chinese) fanning a fire to create smoke to drive away the mosquitoes, because his family was too poor to afford mosquito netting. The young boy also allowed the mosquitoes to land on his bare stomach and feast on his blood to spare his parents. The image below shows a beauty using a bamboo tube to blow into an oven to feed the fire, blue smoke wafting out above her head. The sleeves of her gray plaid kimono are pushed down to the waist, and her hair is pulled into a low ponytail over her back. The background is dotted with confetti-like shapes, adding a decorative effect. A charming subject from this rarely seen series.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14 3/8" x 9 3/4"

Condition - Good detail. A few repairs, wrinkling throughout.

Gomo Fanning a Fire, 1840 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Gomo Fanning a Fire, 1840 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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