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A man and a woman gaze at eachother at the center of this print. The woman’s hair is decorated with large pins, and she wears an elegant blue robe with white flowers. She holds a koto on her lap and a writing brush in her right hand. On the back of the koto are the characters go dai riki. The man holds a pipe in his hand and sits with his back against her legs. He wears a black robe with white hatches.<br /><br />
Inscriptions: Geisha Koman; Satsuma Gengobei; Toyokuni ga (Artist's signature); To, Asakusa, Namiki, Daitora han (Publisher's seal); aratame, tatsu 6 (Censor's seal)<br />
 
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese (culture or style))
New Satsuma Style Made to Order: Iwai Kumesaburō III as Geisha Koman and Kataoka Gadō II as Satsuma Gengobei
1856
Gift of Dr. James Hayes
2003/1.469
This image is of a lone female figure centrally located on the scroll. The dominate color of the image is red. The figure's outer kimono is decorated with red and gold maple leaves.
Yamaguchi Soken (Sojun)
Japanese Beauty in a Red Maple Leaf Robe
1800 – 1832
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from Helmut Stern
1985/2.7

Isoda Koryūsai
Courtesan Tasting a Morning-glory Bud
1770
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1948/1.166
This is a triptych, displaying all three panels at once. In the left panel, a woman squats, holding a book, on which stands a man holding an umbrella. Another standing woman looks over her shoulder at it. In the center panel, an older man is seated on a bench with a brush or pipe in his hand. A woman looks at him over her shoulder. In the right panel, two woman stand with two girls. One of the girls is half hidden behind the woman on the left and gesturing forward. The other girl looks up at the two woman. In the background are white flowering trees as well as some calligraphy.<br /><br />
This is a set with 1948/1.185 and 1948/1.186.<br /><br /><br />
 
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese (culture or style))
Complete Illustrations of Yoshiwara Parodies of Kabuki: Courtesans of the Matsubaya
1798
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1948/1.187
A woodblock print on paper depicting the image of a woman in a red robe and holding a smoking pipe. A corresponding poem inscribed at the top in both Chinese and Japanese.
Kitao Masanobu
Red-Robed Courtesan (parody of Bodhidharma)
1775 – 1785
Museum Purchase
1960/1.148

Kobayashi Bunshichi
Standing Courtesan, after Miyagawa Chôshun
1901
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1948/1.203
This charming painting depicts a young courtesan out on parade, dressed in a simple but striking costume. Her black cloak (uchikake) is decorated with a discreet overall pattern of plovers, and allowed to fall open to reveal its bright red lining. She subtly advertises her occupation by tying her sash (obi) in front. The hanging scroll is bordered with gold. The is an inscription in the lower&nbsp;right corner.<br />
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Exhibited in &quot;Japanese Costumes &amp; Ceramics, Past &amp; Present,&quot; October 2001-February 2002. Maribeth Graybill, Senior Curator of Asian Art
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Courtesan Beneath a Willow Branch
1740 – 1750
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Carter
1970/2.158
Three courtesans engaged in a drinking game sit in an open veranda in early spring, with cherry blossoms in full bloom behind them. The women appear tipsy, and the one at the right clings to her companion in the middle for support, as she stretches out her left hand to have her cup refilled with saké (rice wine). They have a tray of delicacies shamisen at their feet.
Kikugawa Eizan
Elegant Fresh Foods (Three Courtesans at a Drinking Party)
1800 – 1810
Museum Purchase
1960/1.138
The kneeling figure in the foreground is grand courtesan Hinatsuru.  Her kamuro (attendant) is arranging a vase of chrysanthemums beside her. The circular inset contains a poet and his poem addressed to the two of them:<br />In its wake<br />The autumn grasses wither.<br />Indeed, the mountain wind<br />Has now become a gale.
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese (culture or style))
Courtesans of the Chôjiya: Hinatsuru and Her Attendant
1785 – 1795
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1948/1.184
This is a triptych, displaying all three panels at once. In the left panel, a woman squats, holding a book, on which stands a man holding an umbrella. Another standing woman looks over her shoulder at it. In the center panel, an older man is seated on a bench with a brush or pipe in his hand. A woman looks at him over her shoulder. In the right panel, two woman stand with two girls. One of the girls is half hidden behind the woman on the left and gesturing forward. The other girl looks up at the two woman. In the background are white flowering trees as well as some calligraphy.<br /><br />
This is a set with 1948/1.186 and 1948/1.187.<br />
 
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese (culture or style))
Complete Illustrations of Yoshiwara Parodies of Kabuki: Courtesans of the Matsubaya
1798
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1948/1.185
This is a triptych, displaying all three panels at once. In the left panel, a woman squats, holding a book, on which stands a man holding an umbrella. Another standing woman looks over her shoulder at it. In the center panel, an older man is seated on a bench with a brush or pipe in his hand. A woman looks at him over her shoulder. In the right panel, two woman stand with two girls. One of the girls is half hidden behind the woman on the left and gesturing forward.  The other girl looks up at the two woman. In the background are white flowering trees as well as some calligraphy.<br /><br />
This is a set with 1948/1.185 and 1948/1.187.<br /><br />
 
Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese (culture or style))
Complete Illustrations of Yoshiwara Parodies of Kabuki: Courtesans of the Matsubaya
1798
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1948/1.186
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