Iwai Shijaku [I] as the keisei (courtesan) ..., by the seashore, in the series Spring Scenery ...

Accession Number

Iwai Shijaku [I] as the keisei (courtesan) ..., by the seashore, in the series Spring Scenery ...

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

15 in. x 10 1/16 in. ( 38.1 cm x 25.6 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. James Hayes

Subject matter
Iwai Shijaku I was also known as Iwai Hanshiro VII.  He was the oldest son of Iwai Hanshirō V.  He was born in 1804 and active from 1806 until his death in 1845.  He spent time acting in Edo as well as Osaka.

Physical Description
In this print, a woman squats on a beach, holding a shell out in her right hand.  She is barefoot, wearing an orange robe with a turquoise border.  At her feet are several shells and a basket, and a wave rises up behind her.  Green mountains are visible in the background.
Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Kuniyoshi ga; Publisher’s seal: Kawashō; Censor’s seal: Kiwame; Kewaizaka no Shōshō

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
color print

Collection Area

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actors (performing artists)
cowrie shell
theater (discipline)

3 Related Resources

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
Kabuki Images
(Part of 10 Learning Collections)
"Japan", Gender, etc.
(Part of: body, physicality and form; mod/contemporary religious imagery (Asia Galleries Winter 2022 DRAFT))

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