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短冊持立美人図
Courtesan with Poetry Card (Tanzaku) at New Year

Artist:
Kaigetsudō Dohan (active 1710–16)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1714
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
23 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (59.7 x 31.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Rogers Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
JP3104
Not on view
This series of prints was probably issued as a calendar set of twenty-four, two prints for each month. Seasonal reference is made through the patterns on the women's robes. Pine and bamboo are auspicious symbols of longevity used at New Year's.
Signature: Sumi-e; Nippon Giga Kaigetsu Matsuyo Dohan zu (an amusing picture in the Japanese style drawn by Dohan, a "last leaf" of the Kaigetsu)
Seal: Dohan

Inscription: Characters that can be seen read literally "Morning, evening, sooner, later. Sooner, later..."
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