Courtesan and Shinzo with a Pet Monkey

by Harunobu (1724 - 1770)

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Courtesan and Shinzo with a Pet Monkey by Harunobu (1724 - 1770)

Harunobu (1724 - 1770) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Courtesan and Shinzo with a Pet Monkey

Series; Ten Classes of Women's Physiognomy

Courtesan and Shinzo with a Pet Monkey - Lovely portrait of a courtesan and her shinzo (a lower ranking courtesan) watching a pet monkey. The shinzo smiles into her kimono sleeve as the monkey stretches out its paw. the beauty holds a slender pipe and wears a plum colored kimono patterned with blossoms and tied with a gray obi. An attractive design with a nicely detailed setting, including a niche at right with a stack of books and iris patterned panels above.

Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.

Artist - Harunobu (1724 - 1770)

Image Size - 11 1/4" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details.

Courtesan and Shinzo with a Pet Monkey by Harunobu (1724 - 1770)
Courtesan and Shinzo with a Pet Monkey by Harunobu (1724 - 1770)