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Torii Kiyomitsu II, Japanese, (1787–1868)
Courtesans and Cranes, 1815-1842
Ink on Paper
15 1/8 in. x 30 1/8 in. (38.42 cm x 76.52 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.177


Commentary
Triptych; 3 panels not cojoined. Courtesans and cranes:  This triptych depicts a group of elegant courtesans and their attendants enjoying a garden visit.  The multitude of cranes, symbols of longevity, suggest that this print might have been made as a birthday greeting, perhaps for one of the women portrayed.

Marks
Paper taped to mat reads: 280, set of 3, Kiyomine Heyomitsu. Seals: Left panel - lower left and lower right; Middle panel - lower left; Right panel - lower right. Signed: Kiyomitsu ga. Censor's seal: Kiwame.

Medium
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Edo period Japanese color wooblock triptych. Courtesans and cranes:  This triptych depicts a group of elegant courtesans and their attendants enjoying a garden visit.  The multitude of cranes, symbols of longevity, suggest that this print might have been made as a birthday greeting, perhaps for one of the women portrayed.

Publisher
Nishimuraya Yohachi.

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