Courtesan Walking

A work made of hand-colored woodblock print; tan-e, vertical o-oban.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of hand-colored woodblock print; tan-e, vertical o-oban.

Date:

c. 1714

Artist:

Kaigetsudo Anchi
Japanese, active c. 1704–16

About this artwork

Woodblock prints are regarded as the most characteristic expression of the Japanese artistic genius. Great quantities of this popular art form, called ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world"), were made during the Edo period (1603-1868) and sold inexpensively to a pleasure-seeking public captivated by Kabuki theater, sumo wrestling, and the brothel districts. Prints such as Kaigetsudo's hand-painted Courtesan display a freedom and originality that were not possible in the rendering of tradition-bound religious images. The beautiful woman clutches her billowing kimono, which has been decorated with the words of a poem whose author is depicted in the lining.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 107

Artist

Kaigetsudo Anchi

Title

Courtesan Walking

Origin

Japan

Date

1709–1719

Medium

Hand-colored woodblock print; tan-e, vertical o-oban

Inscriptions

Kaigetsudô matsuyo

Dimensions

55.2 × 28.8 cm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1925.1741

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