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Iwai Shijaku [I] as the courtesan (oiran) Shiratama

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Iwai Shijaku [I] as the courtesan (oiran) Shiratama

Utagawa Kunisada

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
woodblock print on paper

14 15/16 in. x 10 3/16 in. ( 38 cm x 25.8 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
The woman in this print is dressed in an elaborate robe of many layers and colors.  The sash, tied in the front, is beige with gold and blue patterns.  Her hair is decorated with large pins, and she holds a folded paper in her hand.  A sword is visible next to her, and there are lines of calligraphy in the space above her.
Inscriptions: Artist’s signature: Kunisada ga; Publisher’s seal: Tsutakichi; Censor’s seal: Kiwame; Shiratama, Iwai Shijaku

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Primary Object Type
color print

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2 Related Resources

Japan Pax Tokugawa 1600-1868
(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
Kabuki Images
(Part of 10 Learning Collections)

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