Color woodblock print
Sheet: 33 x 22.3 cm (13 x 8 3/4 in.)
Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.219
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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