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Bishamonten Shrine

Size: 40.0cm by 27.5cm (15.75 in by 10.83 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Keisai Eisen

Era: Mid Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 9,000$ 70.00£ 62.25€ 72.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print is from a set "Beauties by Three Great Artists" which consists of 20 reproduction prints by three major beauties designers of the Edo period: Hiroshige, Kunisada, and Eisen, published by Yuyudo in 1975.

A courtesan biting on a tissue is sitting next to her futon. She is holding a fan in one hand and with the other, she is slightly lifting a green net that protects the sleeping area. The act of biting a towel was considered highly erotic and the prelude to intimate relations: we can perceive that her kimono is showing her shoulders and part of her back. A bowl of water completes the interior scene.

There is a print hanging behind, it depicts what we can assume is the Bishamonten Shrine.

The lines of the net, the patterns of the kimono cloth, and the bowl of water are proof of amazing attention to detail.


There are a few chiri (mulberry bark scraps) and slight foxing spots on this print.

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