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Miki jo (The courtesan Miki of Nakamuraya)
  • Utagawa Kunisada
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Miki jo (The courtesan Miki of Nakamuraya), 1863, 7th month, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Bijin hokkushin (Collection of Verse by Beautiful Women)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 346 x 238 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 5/8 x 9 3/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 346 x 238 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 5/8 x 9 3/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.337

Female figure standing on a dock, wearing wooden platform shoes. She is wearing a green robe with white flowers and blue trim. Her undergarments are red. She is holding a closed fan in her proper right hand. There is part of a boat behind her on the left.
The courtesan Miki from the Nakamuraya (on lanter BR corner) on pier in excursion boat to left under moon. Crest of tea house on kimono. Poem attributed to Miki. TR, cartouche. Some kazuri.