Comments - Terrific triptych showing courtesans of the Inamoto-ro house in the Shin-Yoshiwara enjoying a moment of leisure, several of the women preparing to rehearse music. At right, a beauty removes a koto from its cloth case while behind her, another woman tunes a shamisen. In the center foreground, a courtesan holds a kokyu, a small instrument similar to a shamisen but played upright with a bow. The other women smile happily and watch with interest, gathering around the musicians. A young attendant at right carries in a kettle on a black lacquer tray, and another kettle sits on a warmer nearby. Cherry trees bloom below the verandah, and a row of lanterns is hung from the ceiling. The scene includes the courtesans Somenosuke, Nowaki, Izutsu, Koine, Ariwara, and Kacho, among others. Wonderful detail in the architectural setting and colorful kimono fabrics, with burnishing in the black robe at left. A lovely design.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 3/4" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few wormholes, thinning at edges. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, stain. Please see photos for details.
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