Seven Wise Women of the Pleasure Quarters


c. mid 1780s

Katsukawa Shunshō 勝川 春章

(Japanese, 1726–1792)
Sheet: 24.8 x 36.6 cm (9 3/4 x 14 7/16 in.)
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This print is a play on the Chinese theme of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove.


The courtesan standing at the center of this print holds a writing brush. She is identified by the fan in her left hand, which has a poem signed Hanaōgi, or Flower-Fan.
Seven Wise Women of the Pleasure Quarters

Seven Wise Women of the Pleasure Quarters

c. mid 1780s

Katsukawa Shunshō

(Japanese, 1726–1792)
Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)

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