Yoshitora Utagawa, High-rank Courtesan, Beauty Print
Artist: Yoshitora Utagawa (1836-1880)
Date: mid 19th century
Size: Top: 21.7 x 34.5 Bottom: 21.5 x 34.7 cm
Condition: Trimmed, wear and soiled, minor creases, paper residue on the back, pinholes.
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 is dressed in an elaborate kimono while she looks to her right. She wears lacquered koma-geta, a tall traditional Japanese footwear of high-ranking courtesans.
|Artist Name||Yoshitora Utagawa|
|Subject||Beauty & Female|
|Dimensions||Top: 21.7 x 34.5 Bottom: 21.5 x 34.7 cm|
|Condition Report||Trimmed, wear and soiled, minor creases, paper residue on the back, pinholes.|