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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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Maker(s):Teraoka, Masami
Culture:American, Japanese (1936- )
Title:AIDS Series/Geisha in Bath
Date Made:2008
Type:Print
Materials:48-color woodcut on paper printed from 34 hand-carved laminated cherry woodblocks
Measurements:Mat: 24 in x 20 in; 61 cm x 50.8 cm; Sheet: 19 1/2 in x 13 13/16 in; 49.5 cm x 35.1 cm; Image: 18 1/2 in x 12 5/16 in; 47 cm x 31.3 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE/EDITION: verso, lwr. r. (pencil): Masami Teraoka 26/75.
Accession Number:  MH 2015.8
Credit Line:Purchase with the John Martyn Warbeke Art Fund
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Description:
Horizontal print of a nude geisha seated in a wooden soaking bathtub (ofuro) with an extra-thick hairpins holding her coiffure (suggesting her high ranks of the demimonde), tearing open condom packages with her teeth. Three condom packages fly in the air. In the background is a long inscription, written in the style reserved for Japanese erotic pictures and interspersed throughout with phonetic signs in red which suggest that the text is part of a kabuki narrative chant (joruri).

Tags:
women; pleasure quarters

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