The Courtesan Takihime and Attendants (from the series New Patterns of Young Greens)

The Courtesan Takihime and Attendants (from the series New Patterns of Young Greens)


Chōbunsai Eishi 鳥文斎栄之

(Japanese, 1756-1829)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 38.8 x 26.1 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

Gift from J. H. Wade 1921.363



The designs on Takihime’s outer robe describes fragments of
scenery--bridge, castle, wind-filled sails amidst clouds--while
her attendants’ robes are more conventionally decorated with
scattered flowers. The tassels on their sleeves were worn only
by young girls. All three wear the triple-fan crest of the Ogiya
("House of Fans") tea house on the shoulders of their kimono.
The cartouche in the upper-right corner of the print identifies
the series title and time of year. It is New Year’s, the same
season depicted in Engetsudo’s scroll Courtesan and Attendants
(see 1985.255). Courtesans strolling through the streets with
their attendants were common sights during evening hours in
the Yoshiwara.

See also
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Gift from J. H. Wade

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