Standing Geisha

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

Date:

c. 1748

Artist:

Ishikawa Toyonobu
Japanese, 1711–1785

About this artwork

A geisha holds a practice book for a narrative musical (joruri) in her left hand and a plectrum (bachi) for playing the shamisen in her right hand. She is on her way to her music lessons. This joruri was first performed at the Nakamura theater in 1744. The crest (mon) on the geisha’s boldly patterned kimono depicts the character some, which was perhaps part of her name.

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Artist

Ishikawa Toyonobu

Title

Standing Geisha

Origin

Japan

Date

1743–1753

Medium

Hand-colored woodblock print; urushi-e, vertical oban diptych

Dimensions

65.4 x 24.7 cm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1925.2254

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