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series title within the black square cartouche, Yoshihara yauji (Yoshiwara yoji) kuruwa no shikishi, the print title at the right corner of the overlapping pictorial cartouche, Nigatsu, daikagura, and the courtesan identified to the right, Owariya Nagao, signed Keisai Eisen ga, with censor’s seal kiwame (approved), and publisher’s mark of Tsutaya Kichizo (Koeido) at lower left, ca. 1823
oban tate-e 15 3/8 by 10 1/4 in., 38.9 by 26.1 cm
A young woman reading a letter beside a paper andon (lantern) rests her chin on the fold of her wrist with her hand tucked protectively into the layers of fabric at her collar. Her apparent distress at the letter’s contents is indicated by the disarray of her hair, the clothing unraveling around her, and a noticeably awkward positioning of her feet. In the foreground a packet of Bien Senjoko face powder is positioned for easy identification.
Chiba City Museum of Art, Keisai Eisen: Artist of the Floating World, 2012, pp. 72, 73, nos. 47-49 (three prints from this series)
(inv. no. 10-5076)