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waitress serving courtesan
  • Utagawa Kunisada
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • waitress serving courtesan, circa 1820, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Tosei Azuma Nishiki-e (Modern Brocade Prints of the East)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 355 x 254 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 x 10 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 355 x 254 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 x 10 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7751

Courtesan adjusting her hair. Her futon bedding to right center. She is surrounded in the bed by a low screen, decorated with moon and autumn grasses, a seasonal reference. Smoking set in front of her, she is waited upon by fellow courtesan.