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Tsuanyoshi teaches Osame to be a courtesan

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Tsuanyoshi teaches Osame to be a courtesan, February 1, 1886
Ink on Paper
13 1/4 in. x 18 1/16 in. (336.55 mm x 458.79 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 97.1.21


Alternate Title: Shinsen azuma nishiki-e: Osame yujo o manabu zu
Full Title: New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures: Tsuanyoshi teaches Osame to be a courtesan

Commentary
Osame becomes a courtesan, from "New Eastern Brocade Prints":  The beautiful Osame was brought before the Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (1646-1709) to learn the arts of love.  Here she offers him a pipe.  Behind is a folding screen which glitters; Yoshitoshi added brass filings to the yellow pigment to get this effect.

Marks
On mat, in pencil: Marer 32. Description on verso of mat. Signed: Yoshitoshi. Artist's seal: Taiso. Carver: Hori Yu.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper; diptych (2 panels are not attached).

Object Description
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of an erotic nature between a man and woman; diptych. Based on the Kabuki play "Kanete Kiku Yanagisawa Sodo" (Upstarts and Pretenders: The Shogun's Favorite Yanagisawa and a Merchant's Downfall).

Publisher
Tsunashima Kamekichi.

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