The Courtesan Takigawa of Ogiya (from the series A Selection of Beautiful Women of the East)

The Courtesan Takigawa of Ogiya (from the series A Selection of Beautiful Women of the East)

c. 1798

Kitagawa Utamaro

(Japanese, 1753?-1806)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 33 x 22.3 cm (13 x 8 3/4 in.)

Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.219

Description

The courtesan Takigawa worked for the Ogiya, "House of Fans" brothel, one of the most prestigious in the Yoshiwara. Here, she smokes tobacco, a fashionable trend in 18th-century Edo. Fashion-conscious women in Edo purchased prints of the most famous beauties just as contemporary women buy fashion magazines to learn about the latest styles in make-up and hair. The strands of hair at her temple were printed from thin pieces of wood left in relief when the areas on either side of them were carved away.

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Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Print

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