Yoshiwara DistrictArtist(s)JapaneseArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Dateearly 18th centuryMedium & Supporthandscroll fragment, ink and color on paperDimensions
12 5/8 in x 18 1/2 in (32.07 cm x 46.99 cm)Credit LineGift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer CollectionSubject matter
"The Yoshiwara district was the red light district of the city of Edo during the Edo Period (1603-1868). This is where high-class courtesans named oiran were housed, and all were treated equally here, from peasants to samurai. It was mandatory to leave your weapons at the entrance of Yoshiwara before passing. This area was home to more than 9,000 women from all over Japan. The most anticipated event by the visitors of Yoshiwara was the elegant and magnificent procession of the oiran. At this time, the oiran was the biggest superstar of the place, and it was very common for her to be revered."
“Yoshiwara District.” Japan City Tour
, 13 July 2020, tctour.co.jp/areaguide/yoshiwara-district.html.Physical Description
Six courtesans are sitting in a separate room, each in a different kimono while four samurais stand outside the room. There is another man that is carrying supplies on his back.Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object TypehandscrollAdditional Object Classification(s)PaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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