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Courtesan Holding a Long Pipe

A work made of hand-colored woodblock print; habahiro hashira-e.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of hand-colored woodblock print; habahiro hashira-e.


c. 1743


Ishikawa Toyonobu
Japanese, 1711–1785

About this artwork

This image is designed in the pillar print (hashira-e) format, which were meant to be hung on house pillars. The designs often picture a single figure (sometimes two) cropped by the edges of the print. This use of cropping made a strong impression on European painters who collected Japanese prints in the 19th century.


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Arts of Asia


Ishikawa Toyonobu


Courtesan Holding a Long Pipe


Japan (Artist's nationality)

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Hand-colored woodblock print; habahiro hashira-e


70.2 × 17 cm (27 11/16 × 6 3/4 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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