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Signed: Eishi ga. Censor's seal: Kiwame. On mat, in pencil: Johnson VI 45.
Colored ink on paper.
Two courtesans stand beside the red gatepost of a Shinto shrine they plan to visit. They both hold rope strands that will help them keep count of the traditional hundred prayers they will be making. In the adjoining teahouse, a waitress observes their progress into the shrine compound. The artist Eishi specialized in depictions of beautiful women, particularly those of the Yoshiwara, a licensed pleasure quarters in the suburbs of Edo. This image might depict one of the rare moments when the women of Yoshiwara were allowed to go out of the brothel district.
Nishimuraya Yohachi's seal.
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