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Matsubaya uchi Ichikawa (The Courtesan Ichikawa of the Matsubaya)
  • Torii Kiyomitsu II
    1786–1868
    active: Japan
  • Matsubaya uchi Ichikawa (The Courtesan Ichikawa of the Matsubaya), early 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Seirō shiki no uta (Poems for the 4 Seasons in the Green Houses)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 384 x 262 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 15 1/8 x 10 5/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of Mrs. Arthur S. Johnson (The May Finney Marcy Collection)
  • Not on display
  • 1964.0037
Description

Portrait of a woman leaning against a writing table. There is a cup holding brushes and a vase with peacock feathers on the right side of the desk. There is a fan by the woman's elbow. There is a large green leaf on a plate under the table.
Summer image of the courtesan Ichimetsu at her writing table with scholar's equipment (ink stick, etc.), composing poetry on tanzaku and fair, partly for tieing to bamboo. TR corner, some already tied to bamboo. Poetry strips with auspicious poetry are tied to bamboo branches in the tanaseta festival.