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Modern Courtesan, 1879 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Item Number: 838559

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 838559
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Modern Courtesan, 1879 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Modern Courtesan, 1879

Comments - Attractive portrait of a modern courtesan framed by a streetlight and telegraph lines, innovations newly adapted by Meiji era Japan. She smiles as she looks over her shoulder , a pipe in hand. She wears a purple outer robe with a design of clematis blossoms and a kingfisher over a matching kimono and red under robes, tied with a red tie-dyed obi. A view of the water can be seen behind her with buildings along the opposite shore. A text cartouche at upper right takes the form of a Western-style clock face. Nicely detailed with embossing on the white kimono collar and trim. An interesting design showcasing the rapid modernization taking place in Japan at the time.

Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Small loss, tiny losses at corners, a couple small holes, repaired. Slight toning and creasing, light stain. Please see photos for details.

Modern Courtesan, 1879 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Modern Courtesan, 1879 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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