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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
6:00 a.m., 1880
Ink on Paper
13 1/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (336.55 mm x 225.43 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.29


Full Title: Twenty-four Hours of New Willows (Courtesans): 6:00 a.m.

Commentary
6 A.M. from "24 Hours at Shinbashi & Yanagibashi":  This series of twenty-four images of courtesans shows typical movements at the various times of day.  The licensed brothels in South-central Tokyo would close at dawn and here a prostitute prepares to leave her place of employment.

Marks
On mat, in pencil: Marer 338. Japanese text printed in the upper part of the image. Seal: Yoshitoshi. Signed: Oju Yoshitoshi ga. Carver: Hori Yata.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock on paper.

Object Description
Edo period Japanese color woodblock print of a courtesan, tying a scarf on her head. This series of 24 images of courtesans shows typical moments of the various times of day. The licensed brothels in South-Central Tokyo would close at dawn and here a prostitute prepares to leave her place of employment.

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