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Beauty Mutsu

Size: 38.5cm by 25.5cm (15.16 in by 10.04 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Ichirakutei Eisui

Era: Post-war | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 10,000$ 76.00£ 60.00€ 70.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: A print by ukiyo-e artist Ichirakutei Eisui depicting the courtesan Mustu, who worked at the Tsuruya Teahouse in the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters, holding a shuhai sake cup.

Eisui is known to have made many ōkubi-e, portraits in which only the head or the head and upper torso are pictured. Utamaro made the first ōkubi-e portraits of beautiful women (as opposed to male actors) in the early 1790s, and it seems Eisui followed suit.

A highlight of this ōkubi-e is the very fine carving and printing of the hairline of the courtesan, showing the skill of the craftsmen involved.

A reproduction published by Ishu Kanko-kai and produced by Kajikawa Kobo probably in the late 1980s or early 1990s.

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