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The Flower of Edo, Yoshiwara

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III), Japanese, (1786–1864)
The Flower of Edo, Yoshiwara, 1863
Ink on Paper
13 1/4 in. x 8 15/16 in. (336.55 mm x 227.01 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.18


Alternate Title: Edo no hana meishoe, Yoshiwara

Commentary
Three images, text in all. This is the same series as "Billand Cover of Book of Prints" by different artists (no accession number).
This print is designed to seem like a collage of prints about Edo (now Tokyo).  The Kabuki actor portrait is supposedly by Toyokuni, the courtesan by Hokusai.  The puppy sits next to a waterbucket in Yoshiwara, the government licensed brothel area.  A print like this might have been sold as a tourist item (comparable to a postcard collage of Hollywood scenes), but it also allowed Yoshitoshi to pay homage to the ukiyo-e tradition, of which he was the last great practitioner.

Marks
Seals all over all three images that make up the piece. On mat, in pencil: Marer 392. Description of scene on verso of mat. Signed: Yoshitoshi hitsu, Shichiju hachi o Toyokuni ga and Ho. Carver: Hori Ota Tashichi. Censor's seal: Aratame and date (I-hachi) on single seal.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban.

Object Description
Edo period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of three different scenes; two of objects and one a portrait.

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