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The Courtesan Takihime and Attendants (from the series New Patterns of Young Greens)

Eishi1795

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The designs on Takihime’s outer robe describes fragments of scenery—bridge, castle, wind-filled sails amid clouds—while her attendants’ robes are more conventionally decorated with scattered flowers. The tassels on their sleeves were worn only by young girls. All three wear the triple-fan crest of the Ogiya ("House of Fans") tea house on the shoulders of their kimono. The cartouche in the upper-right corner of the print identifies the series title and time of year. It is New Year, the same season depicted in Engetsudo’s scroll <em>Courtesan and Attendants </em>(see 1985.255). Courtesans strolling through the streets with their attendants were common sights during evening hours in the Yoshiwara.

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  • Title: The Courtesan Takihime and Attendants (from the series New Patterns of Young Greens)
  • Creator: Chōbunsai Eishi (Japanese, 1756–1829)
  • Date Created: 1795
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 38.8 x 26.1 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.)
  • Provenance: Hayashi Collection, unknown Paris Collection (sale: Walpole Galleries, January 20, 1921, lot 131), (Yamanaka & Co.)
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1921.363
  • Medium: color woodblock print
  • Inscriptions: Signature: Eishi zu Seal: kiwame
  • Department: Japanese Art
  • Culture: Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
  • Credit Line: Gift from J. H. Wade
  • Collection: Japanese Art
  • Accession Number: 1921.363

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