by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Series; A New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures
The Shogun Tsunayoshi Teaches Osame to Be a Courtesan - Attractive scene of the seventeenth-century Shogun Tsunayoshi teaching the beauty Osame the arts of the courtesan. She leans against the edge of the bed where Tsunayoshi is waiting for her, holding a long metal pin or poker over her shoulder. Her colorful outer kimono is patterned with flowing water and fans decorated with butterflies, trailing over the shogun's own robes behind her. She looks down shyly, her hair elegantly styled with a few loose wisps framing her face. A folding yellow screen with a design of delicately embossed white flowers provides privacy for the bed, and a niche at left holds hanging scroll and a vase with a floral arrangement. A beautifully colored and detailed design, with deluxe embellishments, including embossing on the fans and the flowers on the screens, and a subtle burnished pattern on the edge of the bed and on the shogun's violet robe. A great image from this rarely seen series.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 18 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse at sides from previous diptych attachment. Horizontal and vertical folds. Small loss and thinning at edge, repaired. Slight creasing and soiling, a few marks. Please see photos for details.