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two geisha playing ken
  • Utagawa Kunisada
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • two geisha playing ken, circa mid 1820s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1487

Color print of two women seated facing each other and making hand gestures. The woman in the left side of the print is wearing a light-colored robe, and her arms are crossed in front of her chest. The woman seated in front of her is wearing a dark robe and holding her hands in front of her chest. There is a small tray in the bottom left corner of the print, and there is calligraphy in the top of the print. Both of the women are wearing many hair ornaments. Poem by Kachōya Noriyasu.