Courtesan Imamurasaki of the Daikokuya, 1861

by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

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Courtesan Imamurasaki of the Daikokuya, 1861 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Original Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904) Japanese Woodblock Print
Courtesan Imamurasaki of the Daikokuya, 1861

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Courtesan Imamurasaki of the Daikokuya, 1861 - Lovely portrait of the courtesan Imamurasaki of the Daikokuya and her two kamuro or child apprentices peering around her as they stroll through the Yoshiwara at night. Her kimono is patterned with feathered wings and cherry blossoms, worn over layers of robes. Her obi features a rooster perched on an elaborately decorated drum covered with vines. The motif comes from the old tale of a drum placed outside the palace gates, for visitors to sound when desiring an audience with the daimyo. During times of wise rule, the drum was never needed, so roosters could rest atop the drum undisturbed. A blossoming cherry tree frames the evening sky above. A beautifully detailed design, including burnishing on the black clogs.

Artist - Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 1/2"

Condition - Nice detail.

Courtesan Imamurasaki of the Daikokuya, 1861 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
Courtesan Imamurasaki of the Daikokuya, 1861 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

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