New Year's Day at Ogiya - Incredible woodblock pentaptych! The subject is the elaborate, elegant and wealthy Ogiya, the principal brothel in the Yoshiwara district during the Edo era. A variety of activities can be seen in this fantastic view as courtesans prepare to celebrate New Year's Day. In the first panel, straw-wrapped casks of sake are stacked beneath the staircase, as excited beauties look down on the activity from the upper floor. In the second panel, two beauties seated on the floor before a household shrine read books, a teapot on the brazier before them. In the fourth panel, several beauties clean and stack small lacquer trays for the evening's refreshments while another ties a cord around a storage box. Beautifully colored and detailed, with a wonderful architectural setting. A fascinating peek inside the world of the Yoshiwara, a real masterwork complete in five, full oban panels. Rarely seen in reprint.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 14 5/8" x 47 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Five separate panels. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.