Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro
Title: Courtesan (1)
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Supervised by Takamizawa of the Takamizawa publishing house. Included with each woodblock print is a windowed folder for viewing your print. This type of print shows a woman of the pleasure quarters. The Edo period red-light districts were officially sanctioned, however, they weren't the playground for just anyone. The popular top-class geishas of the day (known as 'oiran') were depicted in this type of print. In ukiyo-e woodblock prints, this close-up portrait view of the upper body is known as an okubi-e (bust portrait). (1) This item is either untitled or the title is unknown.