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Okita of Naniwaya Serving Tea

Size: 40.5cm by 27.0cm (15.94 in by 10.63 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Kitagawa Utamaro

Era: Post-war | Currency: $ / £ /

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

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Description: "Okita was a beautiful waitress at the Naniwaya tea-house near Asakusa Temple in the city of Edo. When Utamaro created this print of her, she would have been about fifteen years old. Utamaro also included a cartouche in the shape of a poem card in the upper left portion of the print with a poem by Katsura-no-Mayuzumi that further attests to the allure of Okita: Resting at the tea-house in Naniwaya district / Myriad as the reeds of Naniwa Bay / Art those who come running at the name of this shop / Each passerby has to stop" (quoted from the Minneapolis Institute of Art).

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

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