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

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.


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