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women playing koto
  • Utagawa Kunisada
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • women playing koto, 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 .7622 and .7623
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7628

Vertical composition of a woman playing the koto. She kneels at the center of the composition in a green, black, and beige plaid kimono with a black, orange, and brown obi, facing away from the viewer, and plucking the strings of the instrument. A cabinet-like structure fills the upper half, right, of the composition, with blue patterned curtains at the top. A handscroll with text is at the upper right, set in, and at the upper left are two set in areas, one with text, the other with text and a man. Text and a seal at the lower left corner.