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Eastern Brocades: No. 8 Muronotsu Courtesan

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 8 Muronotsu Courtesan, n.d.
Ink on Paper
13 3/16 in. x 9 1/4 in. (334.96 mm x 234.95 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.18

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Muronotsu yujo

Back to back print with 93.6.19.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
A courtesan and her two attendants ride in a boat off Muronotsu, a beach on the island of Awaji in the Inland Sea. She appears to be trying to attract customers from a nearby pleasure vessel.

Inset: The Genji warrior Minamoto no Yoshihira (1141-1160), also known as Akugenda, in his final battle at Nunobiki Waterfalls, located near present day Kobe.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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