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The courtesan Hanahito from the Ogi-ya
by Eisui, Ichirakusai (a.c. 1800)
|Artist:||Eisui, Ichirakusai (a.c. 1800)|
|Title:||The courtesan Hanahito from the Ogi-ya|
|Series:||Five Seasonal Festivals|
|Date:||1798 (this item: Posthumous strike)|
|Publisher:||Ukiyo-e Dokokai - 浮世絵同好会|
|Medium:||Woodblock - 木版画|
|Format:||Oban - 大判, 40 x 27cm (sheet size)|
|Condition:||Fine impression and condition (pristine). Original untrimmed state. No tears, folds, stains, creases or foxing.|
|Notes:||Ichirakutei Eisui (active 1789-1823). This is a bust portrait of the courtesan Hanahito of the Ogi-ya. The Doll Festival from a set of the Five Seasonal Festivals published by Maru-ya Bun'emon, c.1798. You can find the British Museum's impression of this print illustrated in the reference text "Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections" as print number 205.
This type of print shows a woman of the pleasure quarters. The Edo period red-light districts were officially sanctioned, however, they weren't the playground for just anyone. The popular top-class geishas of the day (known as Oiran) were depicted in this type of print. In ukiyo-e woodblock prints, this close-up portrait view of the upper body is known as an okubi-e (bust portrait).
Publisher seals on verso. Printer: Maeda; Carver: Tanaka.
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