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Maker(s):Chobunsai Eishi (Hosoda)
Culture:Japanese (1756-1829)
Title:Arahi [Washing], from the series Furyu Nana Komachi [Fashionable Versions of the Seven Beauties]
Date Made:about 1788 (Tenmei 8)
Materials:Woodblock print (woodcut); nishiki-e, ink and color on paper
Place Made:Asia; Japan
Measurements:Sheet/Image: 15 1/2 in x 10 7/16 in; 39.4 cm x 26.5 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. r. (black ink): [Japanese character, Eishi ga]; TITLE: recto, upp. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Furyu Nana Komachi Arahi]; SEAL: recto, lwr. l. (black ink): [Japanese character, Sen Ichi han].
Accession Number:  MH 1973.234.Q.RII
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Louis C. Black
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Vertical scene of a woman washing in a flat wooden round tub with an attendent holding a manuscript and another woman holding a water bucket. Landscape in the background. Subject: Heian poetess and beauty Ono-no-Komachi washing a rival poet's manuscript. Publisher is Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudo).

beauty; women; courtesans

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