Flowers of the Night, a Collection of Beauties: Courtesans of the Naka-Manjiya

by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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Flowers of the Night, a Collection of Beauties: Courtesans of the Naka-Manjiya by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Original Kunisada II (1823 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Flowers of the Night, a Collection of Beauties: Courtesans of the Naka-Manjiya

Comments - Handsome image of three courtesans from the Naka-Manjiya riding in a pleasure boat. The beauty Zeninoo kneels at left, holding a glass goblet and a roll of tissues. She wears a striking black outer kimono depicting the legend of the cat witch, with a monstrous giant cat and several smaller cats among tattered reed blinds. In the center, the courtesan Akachi smiles at the young attendant kneeling beside her holding a covered jar. An even younger kamuro or child apprentice waves a blossoming cherry branch behind her. The beauty Renzan smiles happily at left as she prepares to paint a folding fan, a brush in hand. At upper left, a nobleman and his young attendants enjoy the view from the cabin, while two boatmen in summer kimono lounge on the roof. A wonderfully detailed design.

Artist - Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Image Size - 14" x 28 3/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Small tear and thinning at edge, repaired. Toning. Please see photos for details.

Flowers of the Night, a Collection of Beauties: Courtesans of the Naka-Manjiya by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)
Flowers of the Night, a Collection of Beauties: Courtesans of the Naka-Manjiya by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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