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YOSHITOSHI, Tsukioka
(1839 - 1892)
THIRTY-TWO ASPECTS OF CUSTOMS AND MANNERS
Looking as if she wants a drink: The appearance of
a town geisha, a so-called wine-server, in the Ansei era
(1854 - 60)

Signed:                        Yoshitoshi ga
Artist's seal:               Taiso
Publisher:                   Tsunashima Kamekichi
Dated:                         1888
Size:                             c. 36.5 x 25.5 cms / c. 14 3/8" x 10"

Condition:
Fine impression, color and condition.
A SUPERB FIRST EDITION IMPRESSION.



ref. no.:  # 692343
Price:       € 2,400.00
"The woman depicted is a town geisha (machigeisha), implying low class. The other word used in the (Japanese) title to describe her is more explicit: shakunin ('sake-server'), which can best be translated as 'bar girl'. Here is a geisha whose major function is simply to pour wine, not to dance or sing or be witty." (John Stevenson)

Reference:
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's Women - The Woodblock Print Series "Fuzoku sanjuniso", Boulder, 1986; no. 22.

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