Courtesan with Poetry Card (Tanzaku) at New Year
Kaigetsudō Dohan (active 1710–16)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print (sumizuri-e); ink and color on paper
23 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (59.7 x 31.8 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund and Rogers Fund, 1949
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..."