Shunsen Katsukawa, Courtesan, Kimono Design

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Artist: Shunsen Katsukawa (1762-1830)
Title: Courtesan
Date: early 19th century
Size: (T) 37.9 24.6 (B) 36.4 x 24.6 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Courtesans of Edo period Japan were not only skilled in serving a male customer, but they were also experts in dance, music, conversation, and other kinds of entertainment. They operated within the licensed quarters, such as the Yoshiwara district. They had a complex system of ranks, etiquette, and procedures. A courtesan would earn her funds not only for herself, but also for her entire entourage, e.g. attendants, younger courtesans-in-training.

This courtesan's hair is done in elaborate manner with large hairpins called kanzashi. These were often made from tortoiseshell, silver, gold and gemstones, worn in a number of heavily-waxed hairstyles.

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Print Format Diptych
Artist Name Shunsen Katsukawa
Title Courtesan
Subject Beauty & Female, Kimono Design
Dimensions (T) 37.9 24.6 (B) 36.4 x 24.6 cm
Condition Report Paper residue on the back, light wear and soiling, stains on left top of the top panel due to old glue, light paper loss on left of the top panel.

Shunsen Katsukawa