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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Maker(s):Utagawa Kuniyasu; Iseya Rihei, publisher
Culture:Japanese (1794–1832); Japanese (ca. 1790s–1879)
Title:Untitled (Unidentified Courtesan with Shakuhachi)
Date Made:ca. 1820s
Materials:polychrome woodblock print
Measurements:overall: 14 3/4 in x 10 3/16 in; 37.5 cm x 25.9 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2005.333
Credit Line:Gift of William Green

vertical ōban; bijinga; nishiki-e

Label Text:
This print is signed "Kuniyasu hitsu" ('from the brush of Kuniyasu') at middle-right. The circular kiwame seal of the censor and the mark of publisher Iseya Rihei of the firm Kinjudō, a stylized version of the kanji "hayashi" ('woods') beneath a single-peaked mountain, are visible at lower-right. The courtesan and her place of employ are identified at the top-right. However, that inscription, along with the poem at top, have yet to be deciphered. The poet who authored the verse, Kōnantei Karadachi, is identified at middle-left. The Mead has another print from the same as-yet unidentified series (AC 1994.92).

courtesans; figures; hairstyles; kimonos; musical instruments; poetry; text; women; writing

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