Posted by Andrew (188.8.131.52) on May 24, 2015 at 08:06:24:
In Reply to: estate sale find posted by Scott on May 24, 2015 at 02:55:20:
From the awesome and definitive website on Kunisada, by Horst Graebner:
"Seven spring herbs represented by playing girls"
Haruasobi musume nanakusa 春遊娘七草
"Nana" is the Japanese word for the number "seven", so that means your print is one in a series of 7 designs, pictures of beautiful girls in various springtime activities. Each activity paired with a different kind of plant which blooms in the spring. The whole series was published in the year 1844.
"Battledore" is a game similar to badminton. So, what the girl is doing in this picture, is playing badminton. The object in her hand is a wooden paddle, that they would use to hit a small ball or shuttlecock
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