Artist: Kikugawa Eizan (菊川英山)

Print: A courtesan and a geisha carrying a shamisen, possibly on their way to a teahouse assignation - from the series 'Modern Dyed Cotton Kimono' (Tosei Zokui-zome - 當世俗衣染)

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Dates: 1807,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,15.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Eizan hitsu (英山筆)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Date seal: 1807, 6th month

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another print from this series; The Pushkin Museum of Art - a different print from this series;

Physical description:

These women are wearing summer robes and may be on their way to a teahouse after having been summoned by a client.


This is a particularly fascinating print because it is exactly the same as another copy in the Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art in Genoa. However, there is one major difference. In the copy in Genoa there is no title cartouche in the upper right. Also, it is illustrated in Il Mondo di Eizan, 1992, p. 96, text on page 95, #7.

It should also be noted that the linked example in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, like this print from the Lyon Collection, does not show a publisher's seal. But unlike this one it does not have either of the censor/date seals.