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Courtesans of the Kadokanaya playing incense game
  • Kitao Shigemasa, artist
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
    Katsukawa Shunshō, artist
    active: Japan
  • Courtesans of the Kadokanaya playing incense game, 1776, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • (Mirror for Comparison of Green House Beauties)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7530.a,b

Horizontal composition, interior scene. Four courtesans seated on a tatami mat floor surrounded by folding and sliding screens. Woman at lower left is prepared to write, other women have objects for the incense game. All four women are dressed in elaborate layers of kimono, and all have their hair up with hairpins. Text next to each woman.