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Women's Bathhouse and Laundry

A work made of ink and colors on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ink and colors on paper.

Date:

Mid-18th to early 19th century

Artist:

Kitao Shigemasa
Japanese, 1739-1830

About this artwork

In Japan during the Edo period (1615–1868), bathing was considered a communal activity, and bathhouses were popular places to socialize. The women in this painting—most likely courtesans—are performing a variety of tasks in addition to bathing, such as doing laundry and combing one another’s hair. Two women near the back of the scene are reading a book; one of them holds her hand to her face as if to express her shock at the content, or perhaps to whisper in the other’s ear.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Asia

Artist

Kitao Shigemasa

Title

Women's Bathhouse and Laundry

Place

Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1800–1850

Medium

Ink and colors on paper

Dimensions

104.6 × 188.7 cm (41 3/16 × 74 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

Margaret Gentles Endowment

Reference Number

1971.455

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