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『北国五色墨』「おいらん」
“High-Ranking Courtesan” (Oiran), from the series Five Shades of Ink in the Northern Quarter (Hokkoku goshiki-zumi),

Artist:
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753?–1806)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1794–95
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Oban 14 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (37.5 x 24.8 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
JP1368
Not on view
A high-ranking courtesan (oiran) from the Yoshiwara brothel district is captured by the artist in a private moment. Having just washed her
hair, she wets the tip of the brush with her lips as she contemplates writing a letter. The black of her uncoiffed hair and the red accents on her lips, the brush, and the rim of her sleeve contrast with the solid yellow background.
Signature: Utamaro fude

Marking: Yamaka
Frank Lloyd Wright American, Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona , Richland Center, WI and Phoenix, AZ (before 1922; sold to MMA)
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