Ippitsusai Buncho / Ofuji of the Yanagi Shop / Edo period, ca. 1769Ippitsusai Buncho
Ofuji of the Yanagi Shop
Edo period, ca. 1769

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Creator Name: Ippitsusai Buncho
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Japanese; fl. c.1755-1790 Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Active Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Creator Name-CRT: Ippitsusai Buncho
Title: Ofuji of the Yanagi Shop
Title Type: preferred
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Creation Start Date: 1769
Creation End Date: 1769
Creation Date: Edo period, ca. 1769
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Woodblock
Materials and Techniques: Woodblock print.
Dimensions: Hosoban; 32.6 x 15.5 cm
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE Ippitsusai Buncho gaARTIST'S SEAL Mori uji
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1925.2533
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Clarence Buckingham Collection
Rights: http://www.artic.edu/aic/rights/main.rights.html
Subject Description: The beautiful Ofuji sits at the front of the store as a 'come-on' (kamban musume, literally, 'signboard girl'). Beside her is the small grindstone used to crush the gallnuts found on sumac (nurude) into the black powder painted onto their teeth by married women of the premodern period. Ofuji is preparing packets of the powder and the split-bamboo toothbrushes with which this was applied. The advertisement on the wall behind her, written under the willow-branch (yanagl) emblem of the store, gives the nameof the powder as 'Genji Perfumed Gallnut Powder' (Genji Nioi Fushi). The walls are topped with the trademark of the business-crossed scrolls on a circle in the center of a fan-and behind her a small screen is decorated with a painting of the Chrysanthemum Boy (Kikujido), a classical Chinese, hence elegant, subject. Down the left-hand side of the design is a poem printed in white reserve against the (faded) blue background:Keuchi surunurude Ofuji nookami kanaAs they dye their teethWith gallnut powder,DoesOfuji slip them a glance?2(2 The poem contains a pun on the word okami, which can mean both 'sideways glance' arld 'married woman' (who would of course black her teeth).('The Actor's Image', 1994)
AMICA ID: AIC_.1925.2533
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999

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