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Maker(s):Utagawa Yoshitsuna; Iseya Bunshichi, publisher
Culture:Japanese (1828–1887); Japanese (active ca. 1850–1855)
Title:Matsushima of Wakamatsuya ('Wakamatsuya nai Matsushima')
Date Made:ca. 1850–1855
Materials:woodblock print
Measurements:overall: 13 1/8 in x 9 1/8 in; 33.3 cm x 23.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.255
Credit Line:Gift of William Green
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

bijinga; trimmed vertical ōban; nishiki-e

Label Text:
The oiran — a kind of high-ranking courtesan distinguished by the ornamentation of her hair — is identified at middle-left as Matsushima of the pleasure house Wakamatsuya. Beneath the title is the artist's signature, which reads "Ittosai Yoshitsuna ga" ('drawn by Ittosai Yoshitsuna') and the mark of the publisher Iseya Bunshichi within the rectangular cartouche. Little is known about the publisher though it is certain that he worked with both Kunisada and Kuniyoshi, who was Yoshitsuna's teacher.

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