Edo Geisha, circa 1827 - Handsome portrait of a geisha from Edo, biting the tip of her tongue with tiny even teeth as she looks ahead. She wears a striped kimono over a red tie-dyed under robe with a brocade collar, tied with an obi featuring iris blossoms. A pocketbook wrapped in tissues is tucked into her obi, and her hair is adorned with tortoise shell combs, a hairpin decorated with a fish, and a hairpin with a tiny figure carrying a branch of coral. A fan-shaped inset at upper left shows a koto plectrum and coiled strings for the instrument, tools of the geisha's trade. A great beauty design from a rarely seen Kunisada series.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 10 1/8"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold. A few holes and thinning spots, repaired. Creasing throughout, staining. Please see photos for details.
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