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Kadotamaya uchi Tagasode to Hanamurasaki (Tagasode and Hanamurasaki of the Kadotamaya House)
  • Kitagawa Utamaro
    1754–1806
    active: Japan
  • Kadotamaya uchi Tagasode to Hanamurasaki (Tagasode and Hanamurasaki of the Kadotamaya House), circa mid 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Seirō Bijin Meika Awase (Collection of Famous Flower Beauties of the Green Houses)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 375 x 254 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 3/4 x 10 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 375 x 262 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 3/4 x 10 5/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7887
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

Portraits of two courtesans preparing to practice calligraphy. Tagasode stands with pen and paper in hand ready to write. Hanamurasaki writes out a character in the palm of her hand.