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The Courtesan Sumanoura of the Akazutaya with a Young Attendant

Furyu Mu-Tamagawa [ Fashionable Six Jewel Rivers]
Artist: Shōjirō Yamadaya (active ) Publisher
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: Woodblock Print
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Medium and Support: Woodcut
Credit Line: Gift of James 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 ukiyo-e subclass 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 and the Austrian Applied Arts Museum


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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.
Japanese printmaking styles
Printmaking styles belonging to Japanese cultures.
Japanese painting styles
Painting styles belonging to Japanese culture.

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