Ippitsusai Buncho / The courtesan Handayu of the Nakaomiya house of pleasure / Edo period, Ca. 1769-1770Ippitsusai Buncho
The courtesan Handayu of the Nakaomiya house of pleasure
Edo period, Ca. 1769-1770

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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: The courtesan Handayu of the Nakaomiya house of pleasure
Title Type: preferred
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Creation Start Date: 1769
Creation End Date: 1770
Creation Date: Edo period, Ca. 1769-1770
Creation Place: Asia,East Asia,Japan
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Woodblock
Materials and Techniques: Woodblock print.
Dimensions: Hosoban; 31.9 x 15.1 cm
Inscriptions: SIGNATURE Ippitsusai Buncho gaARTIST'S SEAL Mori uji
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1925.2542
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, The Clarence Buckingham Collection
Rights: http://www.artic.edu/aic/rights/main.rights.html
Subject Description: The courtesan Handayu of the Nakaomiya house stands by the entrance of the establishment, lost in thought. She wears a pure white kimono, bright red under-robes, and a purple obi, and has pulled her hands up inside her kimono and holds them under her chin. At her feet is a large folding lantern bearing the circular dwarf bamboo (nezasa) emblem of the house, along with a design of a red peony which must be her personal crest. She has probably been engaged to entertain at a party and is waiting for a maid or manservant to come and accompany her, for no high-ranking courtesan would venture out unescorted, to say nothing of carrying her own lantern. Beside the staircase leading up to the second-floor apartments of the women is an elaborate planter containingdwarf pine and chrysanthemums, indicating that the season is autumn. ('The Actor's Image', 1994)
AMICA ID: AIC_.1925.2542
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999

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