Utamaro Kitagawa, Courtesans, Fukujin Eho Asobi
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Artist: Utamaro Kitagawa (1753-1806)
Title: Courtesans enjoying the game, Fukujin Eho Asobi
Date: early 19th century
25.7 x 39 cm
Condition report: Paper slightly yellowed, minor creases, small remain from a previous mounting, light foxing, slightly worn-out in the centre.
Benzaiten's origin is found in Hinduism, as she comes from the Hindu goddess Saraswati. When she was adapted from Buddhism, she was given the attributes of financial fortune, talent, beauty and music among others. On many occasions, her figure appears in the "Torii" (entrance of the temples). It is common to see her in the Japanese temples. She is represented as a smart, beautiful woman with all the aforementioned attributes. She carries a biwa, a Japanese traditional lute-like instrument and is normally accompanied by a white snake. She is the patron of artists, writers, dancers, and geisha, among others.
|Artist Name||Utamaro I Kitagawa|
|Title||Courtesans enjoying a game, Fukujin Eho Asobi|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Kimono Design|
|Dimensions||25.7 x 39 cm|