An ōkubi-e ("Japanese: 大首絵) is a Japanese "portrait print or "painting in the "ukiyo-e genre showing only the head or the head and upper torso. "Katsukawa Shunkō I (1743–1812) is generally credited with producing the first ōkubi-e. He, along with "Katsukawa Shunshō, designed ōkubi-e of male "kabuki actors. In the early 1790s, "Utamaro designed the first ōkubi-e of beautiful women ("bijin-ga ōkubi-e). The "shogunate authorities banned ōkubi-e in 1800, but the ban lasted for only about eight years.
Woman Wiping Sweat, woodblock print by "Utamaro, 1798