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Keisai Eisen, Japanese, (1790–1848)
Komachi in the Rain, c. 1800
Ink on Paper
14 15/16 in. x 10 5/16 in. (379.41 mm x 261.94 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick S. Bailey
Accession Number: 54.1.39

Alternate Title: Imayo nana Komachi: Amagoi Komachi

Signed: Keisai Eisen ga. On verso in pencil: Eisen BA III 48. Censor's seal: Kiwame.

Colored ink on soft paper.

Object Description
This 18th century courtesan, dressed in summer kimono, adjusts her combs after having escaped an afternoon shower.

In the small inset image, the 9th century poet Komachi prays for rain, and her verse is written around the woman in the larger image. The prayer reads:

    This may be the land
   that lies beneath the sun,
     but its light torments us.
    Surely what we call this earth
    lies also under the sun.
     transl. by Rose Hempel

Sanoya (Sano-ya kihei) seal.

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