"Toothbrush-seller" from twelve types of women's handicraft series - ROM2015_14587_3


"Toothbrush-seller" from twelve types of women's handicraft series

Medium:Woodblock print on paper
Geography: Japan
Date: 1798-1799
Period: Edo period
35 x 22.2 cm
Object number: 926.18.407
Credit Line: Sir Edmund Walker Collection
Not on view
DescriptionThis is another work from the series “Twelve Forms of Women’s Handiwork.” A wakashu with two swords, that is, a samurai, has just purchased tooth powder at Asakusa Kannon Temple. A woman with a tenugui scarf covering her hair looks admiringly at him. The text on a wooden panel behind her reads “flowers for putting in sake” (shuchūka), and a picture of a peacock with flowering peonies—perhaps a votive plaque (ema)—is seen at the upper right corner, no doubt meant to refer to the sartorial splendour of the young man.
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