Utagawa Toyokuni / Courtesans Promenading on the Nakanocho / c. 1790Utagawa Toyokuni
Courtesans Promenading on the Nakanocho
c. 1790

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Creator Name: Toyokuni, Utagawa
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1769 - 1825
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Utagawa Toyokuni
Title: Courtesans Promenading on the Nakanocho
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1785
Creation End Date: 1795
Creation Date: c. 1790
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Print
Materials and Techniques: Triptych: color woodblock print
Dimensions: Sheet: 37.5cm x 25.4cm

Signature: Toyokuni ga

Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Senichi han)

AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1930.211.a
Credit Line: Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html

Hayashi Tadamasa

(Yamanaka & Co.)


The Yoshiwara was the famed pleasure district of 17th-18th-century Edo (present-day Tokyo). In the early evening it was customary for elaborately dressed courtesans to promenade on the main thoroughfare, accompanied by attendants. Usually there were two kamuro (young girl attendants), two shinzo (older girl attendants not yet of courtesan rank), a male lantern-bearer, a male umbrella-bearer, and a yarita (old woman chaperone). Only some of these attendants may be depicted with the courtesan-a highly popular subject in paintings and prints. The fashions of the time are faithfully recorded in these pictures.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1930.211.a
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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