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Artist: Kikugawa Eizan (菊川英山)

Print: Two oiran from the series Seirō bijin awase (青楼美人合)

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Dates: circa 1820,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
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Signed: Eizan hitsu (英山筆)
Publisher: Maruya Jinpachi (Marks 294 - seal 08-088)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Kanagawa Prefectural Museum - another print from this series;

Physical description:

Each of the prints in this series shows two famous courtesans and the name of the brothel which they worked for. So far we have been unable to read the names on this print, but in time we will work this out.

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Notice the green lower lip on the courtesan at the top - a fashion statement - and the blackened area at the mouths of both of these women meant to portray their blackened teeth - another fashion statement.