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An image of Kaomachi of Tama-ya by Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III

Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III

(Japan 1786 – 1865)

Title
Kaomachi of Tama-ya
Other titles:
Courtesan Maomachi, Courtesan Kaomachi
Alternative title:
Yatama nai Kaomachi (illeg.)
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
circa 1830
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour woodcut
Dimensions

37.5 x 26.7 cm

Signature & date
Signed l.r.corner, in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Gototei Kunisada ga [picture by Gototei Kunisada]". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1930
Accession number
4358
Location
Not on display
Further information

This print is technically unusual in being printed only in tones of blue. Its subject Kaomachi was a famous courtesan of the teahouse called Tama-ya.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.255.

Bibliography (4)

Gary Hickey, Beauty & desire in Edo period Japan, 'Pleasure Town', pg. 25-36, Parkes, 1998, 29 (colour illus.), 70. fig.no. 23

Verlie Just, Four Centuries of Ukiyo-e Prints, Brisbane, 1997. cat.no. 33

Jackie Menzies, The Floating World: Japan's world of transient pleasures, Sydney, 1994. cat.no. C22

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Floating World', Sydney, 2003, 255 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (3)

The Floating World: Japan's World of transient pleasures, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 May 1994–17 Jul 1994

Four Centuries of Ukiyo-e Prints, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 07 May 1997–27 Jul 1997

Beauty and Desire in Edo period Japan, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, 06 Jun 1998–09 Aug 1998