Edo, Flowers of Yoshiwara, the Courtesan Katsuragi, Fuwa Banzaemon and Nagoya Sanza, No. 6 - Beautiful portrait of the famous courtesan Katsuragi sitting on a bench, accompanied by two young attendants. A shower of delicate cherry blossom petals falls gently as she remembers her previous life as the wife of the dishonored samurai Nagoya Sanza. To avoid poverty and assist Sanza, she sold herself into prostitution, taking the name Katsuragi, but she never stopped loving him. The inset above shows Sanza fighting with Fuwa Banzaemon, who had stolen a valuable scroll under his care, resulting in Sanza's banishment from his clan. A charming image, with intricate line work in the blind and burnishing on the black areas of the obi, the geta clogs, and the frame of the lantern, and a dusting of mica across the top of the blind.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Small repair. Please see photos for details.