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Title

Kisakata of Ôhishi-ya

1777-1782

Artist

Isoda Koryūsai

Japan

1735 - 1790

  • 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
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1777-1782
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Isoda Koryūsai

    Works in the collection

    4

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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