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women playing kokyū
  • Utagawa Kunisada
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • women playing kokyū, circa 1844, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • (Selection of Pictures; 100 Poems)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 x 36 in matted with .7623 and .7628
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7622

Vertical composition of interior scene. Woman kneels at center of composition, dressed in elaborate kimono, playing the kokyū. Behind her is a raised area with a small planter and screen in background. Inset area of handscroll with text and image of man with text. Text and seal at lower right corner.