Courtesan Michiharu and Attendants

Courtesan Michiharu and Attendants

Object Title:

Courtesan Michiharu and Attendants

Series Title:

Courtesans Modeling the New Years Fashions

Date:

c. 1778

Artist:

Isoda Koryüsai

Carver:

Unknown (Japanese Art)

Printer:

Unknown (Japanese Art)

Publisher:

Nishimuraya Yohachi, Eijudö

Medium:

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

Credit Line:

Gift of James A. Michener, 1991 (21694)

Object Number:

21694

Seals:

Nishimura-ya Yohachi Eijudö (c. 1750s~1860s) 西村屋与八栄寿堂宝暦~慶応

Other Title:

Kanji : 佐と屋の内 みちはる Series Kanji : 雛形若菜初模様

Description:

The Tayü (leading courtesan) Michiharu of the brothel Tsutaya is depicted in a procession with three attendants. An inscription reading “White garments of the eighth month” suggests that it is summertime, which is exceptional for the series. As in the other prints from this famous series, the töröbin hairstyle of the beauties helps date the series to the second half of the 1770s. The obi (sash) shows the gorgeous design of a peacock. This series represents the pinnacle of Koryüsai’s artistic achievement. (from "VOGUE in Japan: Edo Fashion through Japanese prints" exhibition 07/30/08-)