Utamaro Kitagawa

Yamauba and Kintarō, 1800–1803

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We are looking at the folk hero Kintaro as a boy with a red face and the mountain witch, Yamauba. According to legend, Kintaro was entrusted to Yamauba's care when still a child. The relationship between the two differs in the many variants of the story and ultimately it remains unclear, as is the case in this print. Although it could be a maternal kiss, Kintaro's haunted gaze leaves it open to interpretation.

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