An image of Kisakata of Ôhishi-ya

Koryûsai Isoda

(Japan 1735 – 1790)

Kisakata of Ôhishi-ya

Other titles:
An Oiran with two maids
Location
Not on display
Further information

The elegant courtesan ('oiran') is shown writing, presumably a poem or witty exchange with a suitor. Beside her are her two assistants and an inkbox with all its contents on the floor. The print belongs to a series comprising over 110 prints, published in the mid 1770s to the early 1780s, each to show a new kimono pattern. Sample patterns for kimono were conventionally printed in the flat kimono shape, but in this series, popular courtesans are dressed in the new patterns. Her robe is decorated with pine needles and a set of the symbols that denote a chapter of the classic 'Tale of Genji'.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.249.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
1777-1782
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
Dimensions
38.0 x 26.1 cm
Signature & date

Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Koryûsai ga [picture by Koryûsai]". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1930
Accession number
4353