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Standing Courtesan, Referring To Tôbôsaku
by Yashima Gakutei

Available at Stanza del Borgo (IFPDA)

1824

Prints

Woodcut/Woodblock/Ukiyo-e

Edition: n/a

Sheet: 20,8 x 18,2 cm

Reference: John Carpenter, Reading Surimono, Leiden, 2008. Matthi Forrer, Surimono in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Leiden, 2013.

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Condition: Pristine

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Series: The biographies of wise men parodied by courtesans, a set of seven
Keisei mitate Ressenden, shichiban no uchi

Very fine impression with metallic printing, the background decorated with a design of stylized cranes, printed in delicate blue colour. Fine colour ad condition.

The series, designed by Gakutei for the poetic circle Tsurunoya, links famous courtesans to the immortals of the Chinese Taoist tradition. In this print the allusion is to Dongfang Shuo, who concealed a peach of immortality from the garden of the Queen Mother of the West. The immortal is often depicted on a cloud as he turns back to make sure of the success of his escape. In this print the courtesan is in the same position as Dongfang Shuo and the ball and the shuttlecock, used in New Year’s entertainments, hint to the magic peach.

The poem, by Ki no Mamanari, reads
This graceful beauty / dressed for the newly arrived / season of spring / has the teasing allure / of Seiobo’s peaches

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