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Keisei Otowa no Taki (The Prostitute Otowa Waterfall)
  • Keisai Eisen
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Keisei Otowa no Taki (The Prostitute Otowa Waterfall), circa late 1830s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Tosei matsu no ha (Modern Pine Needles)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 373 x 256 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 5/8 x 10 1/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 373 x 256 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 5/8 x 10 1/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1038.b

From a series of portraits of geisha standing against blue patterns with a design of calligraphy engraved in reserve. The fan-shaped panel in the upper left gives the title of a well known joruri puppet play, names the style of chanting in which it is performed, and depicts the male hero. Yoshida believes that the geisha are meant to represent the heroines in the stories.