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Wakaume of Tamaya and Her Attendant

Size: 41.0cm by 27.5cm (16.14 in by 10.83 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Kitagawa Utamaro

Era: Mid Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 9,000$ 82.00£ 58.25€ 68.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: In this print, Utamaro depicts Wakaume, the famous courtesan of the Tamaya teahouse in Edo-cho itchome, with one of her child attendants.

The kyôka poem in the upper left corner, by Hachi no Nanko, plays on the meaning of Wakaume's name: Blossoming from out of / Her snow white robe / Even her name is fragrant -/ The flower Wakaume [young plum].

The print is thought to have originally been the centre sheet of a triptych, similar portraits of other courtesans forming the left and right sheets.

The mica background is a highlight of the print, as is the fine carving of the courtesan's hairline.

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

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