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The courtesan Koharu beside bonsai at restaurant
  • Utagawa Kunisada
    1786–1864
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • The courtesan Koharu beside bonsai at restaurant, 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 240 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 13 5/8 x 9 7/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 346 x 241 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 13 5/8 x 9 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.339
Description

Female figure wearing wooden, platform shoes (geta). Her kimono is blue on the outside and pink on the inside. She is standing in front of a group of potted plants and flowers. The plants/flowers are on the floor and on two shelves.
The courtesan Koharu stainding by bonsai arrangements picking her teeth. By enterance to hte Kingorō restaurant at L. TL corner cartouche with poem.