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Ohisa of Takashimaya

Size: 41.0cm by 27.0cm (16.14 in by 10.63 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Kitagawa Utamaro

Era: Mid Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 8,000$ 72.00£ 51.25€ 59.75 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print by Utamaro is of Ohisa of the Takashima teashop holding a fan.

According to the British Museum, "Ohisa was the daughter of Takashima Chobei, proprietor of a popular rice-cake shop. Together with Okita and Toyohina, she was one of three beauties depicted by Utamaro in a set of half-length portraits with 'crazy verse' (kyoka) inscriptions".

The poem reads: Charms and tea are brimming over / And neither gets cold! / Let me not wake / From this lucky dream of the New Year / At Takashimaya.

This particular print is a mid-1970s reproduction by the Takamizawa Company.


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