Painting of the Courtesan Yugiri


Painting of the Courtesan Yugiri
Print   (Part of the set: Akashi-ban Surimono)

Ōishi Matora


Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


In this print we see an old painting of the courtesan Yūgiri Tayū (夕霧太夫) in the Tajirō Collection, as copied by Matora. It appears that the original 1827 design was produced for the 150th anniversary of the death of Yūgiri. The print includes a kyōka poem by Katsumi and a haiku by Fuboku or Fusō.

Yūgiri sits in an elaborate kimono decorated with cobwebs, plants, and a few cryptic kanji characters, re-arranging her hair, a book open on her lap. There is some beautiful karazuri blind-embossing to parts of her kimono and nunomezuri, a technique in which a piece of actual cloth is "printed" using a woodblock in order to give texture to a print, has been used lightly in the background.

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