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Gods disguised as prospective customers of a brothel (demons disguised as brothel customers)
  • Utagawa Yoshiiku
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; active: Japan
  • Gods disguised as prospective customers of a brothel (demons disguised as brothel customers), 1860, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: each: 368.3 x 247.7 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: each: 14 1/2 x 9 3/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 25 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.299.a,b
Label Text

a: Three figures in costume stand in the foreground. The man on the right wears a brown robe trimmed in blue and white. The man in the center has blue skin, a hat like a skull cap with horns, wears black robes trimmed in blue and carries two swords and a fan. The man on the left wears a green beast-like mask with horns and a blue patterned robe with dull purple and white trim. The floor is blue and the ceiling is dull purple.

b: A man stands at lower left, visible from the knees up, wearing a gray robe with blue designs and black trim and a red mask with horns. At his right is another man in dull purple and white robes, trimmed in black, with a red sash and a white and black headpiece. Behind them, on a fenced in platform are two women. The one at right wears a blue and green striped robe, with red trim. This woman is in a kneeling position. The other woman is standing at left and wearing black robes trimmed with pink and gold. The floor of the platform is green with a red rug. The platform is yellow and the ground is front is gray.