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Artist: Chōkōsai Eishō (鳥高斎栄昌)

Print: A courtesan with her kamuro
possibly from the Matsubaya

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Dates: circa 1790,created
Dimensions: 4.75 in,25.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Eishō ga (栄昌画)
Publisher: Yamaguchiya Chūsuke
(Marks 590 seal 05-001)

Related links: Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna;

Physical description:

On the courtesan's outer robe is a single roundel decoration filled with a pine needle motif. Right next to that, to our left, is a comb in the hair of the kamuro. It too carries that same motif. That may suggest that this woman and her assistant come from the Matsubaya, a high-end house of prostitution. Matsu is the word for 'pine tree'. Eishō and others are known to have portrayed women from that establishment.

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Illustrated in Jacob Pins, The Japanese Pillar Print, plate 894, page 316.