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三味線持つ美人図
Female Entertainer with Shamisen

Artist:
Attributed to Teisai Hokuba (Japanese, 1771–1844)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
early 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
31 1/8 x 11 1/4 in. (79.1 x 28.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.100.26
Not on view
A young woman with a shamisen and teacup sits on the second floor of a restaurant or brothel. A libretto rests on her lap. The river view beyond the balcony, showing customers making their way to the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters, presents a peaceful springtime scene dotted with cherry blossoms. The round box in front of the woman, used to hold tea utensils, is painted with a Chinese-style landscape.

Teisai Hokuba, an early and close disciple of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), emulated his master’s manner of depicting beautiful women, elongating their faces and describing their robes with kinetic brushstrokes. As here, he often rendered background landscapes in a sketchier, atmospheric style.
Signature: Teisai; Seal: (double) Teisai
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