Courtesan Ichikawa from Matsuba-ya Tea House, Hashira-e


Artist: Unsigned
Title: Courtesan Ichikawa from Matsuba-ya Tea House and her assistant
Date: early 19th century
Size: 11 x 59.2 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Hashira-e, or pillar prints, is a narrow print format originally intended for decoration of the supporting pillars in traditional Japanese houses. The prints would have been pasted to the pillars and exposed to the elements of the Japanese household, making those that have survived very rare collectibles. While these more unusual sizes present their own challenges to the printing process, they also allow the artist to be experimental, imaginative, and innovative with the design’s compositional limitations.

Subjects range from the traditional portrayals of bijin (beautiful women), to legendary figures and heroes, to birds and flowers, in a limited space brimming with artistic imagination and expression.

More Information
Print FormatHashira-e (Pillar Print)
SubjectBeauty & Female
Dimensions 11 x 59.2 cm
Condition ReportHoles and tears restored, creases, slightly soiled around the edge, top and bottom panels attached.