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Chinese Lantern Plants as Children at Play

Utagawa Hiroshige, ca. 1842

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Image Size: 11.5" x 9" – Total Size: 13.5" x 11"
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Woodblock print in which Hiroshige has anthropomorphized the fruit of the Chinese Lantern plant (Physalis alkekengi) rendering them in the form of dancing children. The round fruits represent the children's heads, and the peeled back calyxes serve as their bodies, with two of the children carrying younger ones on their backs. (Source: The Minneapolis Institute of Art)

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