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Courtesan as Komachi

Size: 40.0cm by 26.5cm (15.75 in by 10.43 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Hosoda Eishi

Era: Post-war | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 10,000$ 83.00£ 72.25€ 83.75 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print is from the set "Ukiyo-e Beauties Overseas" (在外浮世絵美人画逸品集) which consists of 12 reprints of bijin-ga (beautiful women paintings) from Boston and Chicago museums collection.

The upper right karuta (Japanese cards) depicts Ono no Komachi with her song from 'Hyakunin isshu' (One hundred poems from one hundred poets) meaning: "The flowers withered/Their color faded away/While meaninglessly/I spent my days in the world/And the long rains were falling"

It depicts a courtesan who is likened to Ono no Komachi, who gazes into the cherry blossoms thinking of the connection between the meaning of this song and herself.


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