After the Bath: Courtesan Chö of the Tea House Kyö-ögiya

After the Bath: Courtesan Chö of the Tea House Kyö-ögiya

Object Title:

After the Bath: Courtesan Chö of the Tea House Kyö-ögiya

Series Title:

Shimanouchi Costume Parade (Nerimono)

Date:

1830 c.

Artist:

Ryüsai (Ryütei) Shigeharu

Active:

1821-1849

Medium:

Color woodblock print Technique: Nishiki-e (Woodblock print with color blocks)

Credit Line:

Gift of Mrs. Goodale, 1934 (10116)

Object Number:

10116

Other Title:

Kanji : 湯あがり 京扇屋てふ Series Kanji : 島ノ内 ねり物

Description:

This print depicts a courtesan dressed in the unique “after the bath” style for the annual costume parade held in Shimanouchi, Osaka. Although courtesans frequently disguised themselves as well known characters-such as popular Kabuki actors or historical figures-a few used the “after the bath” theme, which included a disheveled appearance, as if the woman had just stepped out of the bath, and into an untied kimono, and accessories, such as a towel. This sensual style fueled people's desires to know more about the private lives of such celebrities. (from Kamigata-e exhibition 4/1/08-)