Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Looking Amused, Thirty-Two Aspects of Customs and Manners

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Original Japanese woodblock print. 

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: 9. Looking Amused – the appearance of a high-ranking maid in the Bunsei era
Series: Thirty-Two Aspects of Customs and Manners
Publisher: Tsujiokaya Kamekichi
Date: 1888

Size: 37.1 x 25 cm


The series “Thirty-Two Aspects of Customs and Manners” consists of portrayals of women from different social classes over a span of one hundred years. The lady depicted here is an okujochu, a maid of a feudal lord’s concubine. She is looking over a veranda at something that causes her amusement. Her shaved eyebrows and blackened teeth indicate that she is already married. She wears green lipstick on her bottom lip, a fashion of the time, showing that she is a wealthy young woman. Her hairstyle, elegant and unadorned, is done in a manner that resembles a ginkgo leaf. A small purse with chains is seen coming out of her sleeve. Different patterns adorn her kimono and her collar is embossed.

More Information
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Looking Amused
Subject Beauty & Female
Condition Report Minor stains and smudges on right. Black smudge on left margin. Some small creases. Black marks and paper residue on back of print.
Dimensions 37.1 x 25 cm
Publisher Tsujioka-ya Kamekichi