Iwai Shijaku [I] as the keisei (courtesan) ..., by the seashore, in the series Spring Scenery ...Artist(s)Utagawa Kuniyoshi Artist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date1822-1844Medium & Supportwoodblock print on paperDimensions
15 in. x 10 1/16 in. ( 38.1 cm x 25.6 cm )Credit LineGift of Dr. James HayesSubject 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 ShōshōPrimary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typecolor printCollection AreaAsianRights
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