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Title

Kisakata of Ôhishi-ya


Artist

Isoda KORYÛSAI

Japan

1735 - 1790


About

The elegant courtesan ('oiran') is shown writing, presumably a poem or witty exchange with a suitor. Beside her are her two assistants and an inkbox with all its contents on the floor. The print belongs to a series comprising over 110 prints, published in the mid 1770s to the early 1780s, each to show a new kimono pattern. Sample patterns for kimono were conventionally printed in the flat kimono shape, but in this series, popular courtesans are dressed in the new patterns. Her robe is decorated with pine needles and a set of the symbols that denote a chapter of the classic 'Tale of Genji'.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.249.


Details


Other Title

An Oiran with two maids


Alternative title

Hinagata wakana-no hatsu moyô: Ôhishi-ya nai Kisakata


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1777-1782


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodblock print


Dimensions

38.0 x 26.1 cm


Signature & date

Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Koryûsai ga [picture by Koryûsai]". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1930


Location

Not on display


Accession number

4353


Artist information

Isoda KORYÛSAI

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Gary Hickey, Beauty & desire in Edo period Japan, 'Pleasure Town', pg. 25-36, Parkes, 1998, 30 (colour illus.), 70. fig.no. 24

Verlie Just, Four Centuries of Ukiyo-e Prints, Brisbane, 1997. cat.no. 9

Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994, (illus.). cat.no. C20

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 249 (colour illus.).

KUKI Shûzô, Reflections on Japanese taste: the structure of iki, Sydney, 1997, 84 (illus.).