Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (喜多川歌麿)

Print: Courtesans Oi (大井) and Koremitsu (?) of the Ebiya house (海老屋)

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Dates: circa 1804,created
Dimensions: 9.0 in,13.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Utamaro hitsu (哥麿筆)

Related links: Metropolitan Museum of Art - a battered copy - one of the first Japanese prints to enter their collection - go to approximately #84 in the batch;

Physical description:

One of the courtesans is playing a shamisen while the other who is listening is holding a fan, upside down, which shows part of the crest of Ichikawa Danjūrō VII. Perhaps she was a fan of that young actor who took that name in 1800. Perhaps it is even a bit of an advertisement for him.