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A young fishman with two women in a boat; Courtesan and Couple Fishing on Edo Bay - ROM2015_14585_8

ROM2015_14585_8

A young fishman with two women in a boat; Courtesan and Couple Fishing on Edo Bay

Medium:Woodblock print on paper
Geography: Japan
Date: 1784 (ap. Hirano)
Period: Edo period
Dimensions:
Hashirae 69.6 x 12.4 cm
Object number: 926.18.264
Credit Line: Sir Edmund Walker Collection
Not on view
DescriptionThe standing woman is a full-fledged prostitute (yūjo) with short sleeves, her obi tied in front, and her hairpins at an angle. While the woman behind the wakashu has the same hairstyle, she is draping her sleeve over the youth’s shoulder. Her longer sleeves would suggest she is a shinzō, or apprentice prostitute. Unlike the other Kiyonaga boat scene (Cat. 39), here the youth is not a servant, but is relaxing fishing. The poem reads: tsuri meisho Oh, this famous place for fishing! momiji-gasane no Mt. Fuji with its skirt adorned with colored maples fuji mo ari also can be seen from here. (trans. Chie Hirano, cited in Waterhouse, 153)
Collection:
Japan
Browse Categories:Art & Music
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