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Maker(s):Yashima Gakutei
Culture:Japanese (ca. 1786-1868)
Title:A Courtesan and the Great Gate of the Yoshiwara
Date Made:ca. 1820
Materials:woodblock print (surimono), ink and color on paper with embossing
Place Made:Asia; Japan; Edo
Measurements:sheet: 8 9/16 in x 7 3/8 in ; 21.8 cm x 18.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1998.70
Credit Line:Gift of William Green

An oiran (high ranking courtesan) and kamuro (attendant) strolling at the entrance to the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters in Edo. The courtesan and her child attendant are viewed as through a telescope, promenading at night in front of cherry blossoms. Verses by Kitamado no Umeyoshi and Mochizuki no Kagenari.

narrative; portraits; text; calligraphy; architecture; figures; power; mother and child

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