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Edo, Flowers of Yoshiwara, the Courtesan Katsuragi, Fuwa Banzaemon and Nagoya Sanza

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Edo, Flowers of Yoshiwara, the Courtesan Katsuragi, Fuwa Banzaemon and Nagoya Sanza, n. d.
Ink on Paper
12 3/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (323.85 mm x 225.43 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.90


Alternate Title: Setsugekka: Edo, Yoshiwara hana, Katsuragi taiyu, Fuwa Banza, Nagoya Sanza
Full Title: Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 6 Edo, Flowers of Yoshiwara, the Courtesan Katsuragi, Fuwa Banzaemon and Nagoya Sanza

Commentary
Back to back print with 93.6.91. No. 6.

Marks
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Medium
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
To help her husband Nagoya Sanza, Iwahashi sold herself into prostitution, becoming a prestigious courtesan by the name of "Katsuragi." Despite her fame and fortune, she still loved Sanza and is shown here thinking of him as cherry blossoms fall outside her room.

Inset: Nagoya Sanza (left) is shown on the main street of the Yoshiwara fighting with Fuwa Banzaemon, who stole a precious scroll that Sanza was asked to protect.

For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.

Publisher
Kobayashi Tetsujiro

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