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Handayū Naka ō miya (Courtesan Handayu)
  • Ippitsusai Bunchō
    active 1760–1794
    active: Japan
  • Handayū Naka ō miya (Courtesan Handayu), circa 1770, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • (From untitled series of courtesans)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 310 x 147 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 3/16 x 5 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 320 x 150 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 12 5/8 x 5 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7593

The courtesan Handayu of Nakaomiya standing beside a lantern and a box with a dwarf pine tree and chrysanthemums. This print is one of a series of beauties who represent different episodes in the Ohatsu-Tokubei play. Done in an eight views format. The Ohatsu-Tokubei play is by Chikamatsu Monyaemow, who based it on an actual lone suicide incident in the Genroku era.