Original Eishi (1756 - 1829) Japanese Woodblock Print
Courtesans and Kamuro Strolling
Comments - Handsome image of two courtesans and their kamuro or child apprentices out for a stroll. The beauty at right wears an outer kimono that features a turtle with long mossing growing from its shell, a symbol of longevity. Turtles with this moss are known as "minogame" or "straw-raincoat turtles" for the resemblance to a traditional Japanese straw raincoat, and are considered auspicious. A classic Edo era beauty design, beautifully drawn with graceful linework. Her under robe features and embossed geometric pattern, a lovely detail. A charming design. This print comes with a label that states that it was a gift from the collection of Florence Lounsbery Alexander in 1951, but that information has been crossed out, so we are not sure what that means (see below).
Artist - Eishi (1756 - 1829)
Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with stiff paper. Large loss and a few small tears at edges, repaired. Toning, slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.