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[The Courtesan Sumanoura of the Akazutaya with a Young Attendant]

Furyu Mu-Tamagawa (Fashionable Six Jewel Rivers)
Artist: Utagawa Kunimaru (1794 – 1829) Primary
Date: ca. 1820-1825
19th century
Dimensions: 15.25 x 10.5 in. (38.74 x 26.67 cm)
Dimensions Extent: sheet
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Medium and Support: Woodblock print on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James M. Reed, 2019.
Accession Number: 2019.03.262
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This print is from the series “Fashionable Six Jewel Rivers (Furyu Mu Tamagawa)”. It is part of a subgenre of ukiyo-e known as bijin-ga (美人画) , which are prints featuring women who meet the traditional standards of beauty of their time. See other copies of this print at the British Museum .

The series title appears at the upper left, and the print's title at upper right. At lower left, the artist's signature appears above the seal of the publisher.


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Paintings or prints that depict beautiful women. This term, which literally means "pictures of beautiful women," was most likely coined in the Edo period (1615-1868) or the Meiji period (1868-1912). Before this period, these pictures may have been called "onna-e" or "bijin-e".
Pictorial works produced by transferring images by means of a matrix such as a plate, block, or screen, using any of various printing processes. When emphasizing the individual printed image, use "impressions." Avoid the controversial expression "original prints," except in reference to discussions of the expression's use. If prints are neither "reproductive prints" nor "popular prints," use the simple term "prints." With regard to photographs, prefer "photographic prints"; for types of reproductions of technical drawings and documents, see terms found under "reprographic copies."
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Land owned and controlled by the state or federal government. Also, the status of publications, products, and processes that are not protected under patent or copyright.
Distinctive genre in painting and other media, but most prominently in woodblock printing. It arose in the Edo period (1600-1868) and built up a broad popular market among the middle classes. Subject matter typically focused on brothel districts and kabuki theatres, with formats ranging from single sheet prints to book illustrations. Generally, the style is characterized by a mixture of the realistic narrative of the Kamakura period and the mature decorative style of the Momoyama and Edo periods. Distinctive styles and specialties in subject matter were developed by different schools throughout the period.
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Refers to female human beings from young adulthood through old age.
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