Shamisen and Box

A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; surimono.

Date:

1860s

Artist:

Yabu Chosui
Japanese, 1814-c. 1870

About this artwork

In this print, Yabu Chosui depicted a black-lacquer box with a furoshiki wrapping cloth and a shamisen leaning against it. The highly burnished black box has the design of a house mark on it, which is playfully hidden by the neck of the shamisen. Chosui frequented the pleasure quarters and created a number of geisha-related prints, and this mark likely represents the name of a geisha establishment.

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Asian Art

Artist

Yabu Chosui

Title

Shamisen and Box

Origin

Japan

Date

1860–1869

Medium

Color woodblock print; surimono

Dimensions

24.8 x 8.5 cm (9 3/4 x 3 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Charles H. Mitchell Collection unrestricted gift

Reference Number

1972.1494

Extended information about this artwork

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