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A Parade of Courtesans

A work made of woodblock print; sumizuri-e, kakemono yoko-e.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodblock print; sumizuri-e, kakemono yoko-e.


c. 1690


Attributed to Hishikawa Moronobu
Japanese, (?)-1694

About this artwork

A group of courtesans parade with servants carrying umbrellas. The print appears to depict a typical scene in the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters of Edo. However, a figure on the left is identified as one of the legendary Soga brothers, 12th-century heroes whose story of valor is retold in countless Kabuki plays. It is possible that this print may depict a scene from an unidentified Soga brothers drama.


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Arts of Asia


Hishikawa Moronobu


A Parade of Courtesans


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Woodblock print; sumizuri-e, kakemono yoko-e


31 × 68 cm (12 1/4 × 26 13/16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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