31 UMMA Objects
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Nishikawa Sukenobu
Courtesan on Promenade: left page of a two-page book llustration
1720 – 1740
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. J.E. Val-Mejias, M.D.

Ōmori Yoshikiyo
A Courtesan Seated on a Veranda Playing a Shamisen
1701 – 1716
Museum Purchase

Kobayashi Bunshichi
Standing Courtesan, after Miyagawa Chôshun
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
An image of  women walking down the street. The woman at the forefront is trailed by two young girls and another woman. They wear similarly pattererned kimono with geometric designs and orange and green coloration. To the right of them are two women talking to two men, one crouched behind the other, under cherry blossom trees. The women appear to wear kimono of orange color and patterened with leaves. The first man wears a black striped kimono and a sword hilt can be seen strapped to his waist while the man behind him wears grey. In the background is a building and a group of men walking about. In the center of the background, inside the building, a woman can be seen.
Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese (culture or style))
Two Courtesans Talking to a Young Man, Sheet 4 from the series of "The Main Street of the Yoshiwara in Cherry Blossom Time" (a five sheet series)
1767 – 1832
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
A monochrome print depicting two standing women and a reclining man in a room. The taller woman, a courtesan, wears an elaborate kimono of butterfly design and under-kimono of geometric patterns; her hair is tied on the back, wearing tortoise shell comb and hairpin. She is holding skirts of kimono and under-kimono with her right hand and is hiding her left hand under the kimono. The second woman, an attendant, is standing behind the courtesan, holding a doll of a boy and her face turning away. She wears a plain kimono with pine tree design and obi (sash) with striped patterns. The man is reclining and looking toward the courtesan. They seem to engage in conversation. The man wears kimono with design of coins and short jacket with plaid patterns. His hair is shaved on top and tied on the back. There is a folded screen behind him, depicting a plum tree by river. In front of him, there are a sake pitcher, sake cup and its stand, and a bowl with food accompanied by a tray and chopsticks. There is a title of the p
Okumura Masanobu
Courtesan and client: parody of the Kiritsubo Chapter of the Tale of Genji (Mitate Genji Kiritsubo)
1711 – 1716
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker, through Dr. Walter R. Parker
This is a large monochrome print of a courtesan wearing kimono with iris design. The courtesan is standing with her right hand in the sleeve that she raises to her chin and left hand gathering up her kimono; Her cloak with bamboo leaf and gentian flower design is slipping off her shoulder and revealing her dark kimono with iris roundels. She has long hair; her hair is tied and draped on the back. She is looking toward the right side. There is the artist’s signature and seal, and publisher’s seal on the right.
Kaigetsudō Dohan
Courtesan in an iris-patterned robe: "June" in a series of Twelve Months
1709 – 1719
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese (culture or style))
Sankord as Courtesan
1820 – 1830
Gift of Sarah and Otto Graf.
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

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese (culture or style))
First Snowfall on the Lovers' Journey to His Hometown: Onoe Kikugorō IV as Tsuchiya Umegawa
Gift of Ruth W. and Clarence J. Boldt, Jr.

Isoda Koryūsai
Courtesan Tasting a Morning-glory Bud
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
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