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Dream of A Young Woman


Item code : DUF277

Artist Utagawa Yoshiume
Subject Beauty & Female
Series Profitable Visions in Daydreams of Glory - 見るが徳栄華の一睡
Publisher Tsutaya Juzaburo
Format Oban (Vertical)
Size 25 x 38.3 cm
Date Early 19th C.


Signed as Utamaro Hitsu.

This print shows a young woman who has apparently fallen asleep while reading. Her dream is shown to be emerging above her head, at the top of the print. A cat is gazing at the images of the dream.

The cat, an animal which is said to bring good luck in Japanese culture, but which is also attributed with causing mischief, has a visibly amused face and is staring at what is happening in the young woman's dream. 
Within the dream, a bandit is seemingly trying to steal the clothes of a man who could be the young woman's lover. She is visibly embarrassed and is covering her eyes. 
The bandit is depicted as excessively hairy, animal-like and fat with extremely ill-fitting clothes. His animal-like qualities could be an allusion to the cat.

"Profitable Visions in Daydreams of Glory" is a humorous series, depicting the dreams of people of various walks of life and of various ages, giving the viewer an insight into the culture and everyday-life of Edo Japan.


Condition : Good       Impression : Very Good
Paper slightly discoloured around right and bottom edge, due to previous mounting. Upper right and left corner restored with backing. Several pinholes in bottom right corner. Several holes restored with backing around edges. Several small holes around upper edge.