Artist: Katsukawa Shunsen (勝川春好)

Print: Oiran in an elegant robe

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Dates: circa 1810,created
Dimensions: 7.0 in,19.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Shunsen ga (春扇画)
Artist's seal: Shun (春) found within a red bag motif

Related links: British Museum - a very similar kakemono;

Physical description:

The courtesan's robes are decorated with a large dragon, waves and flaming pearls of wisdom. At the bottom is a blue and white robe with pearls which look like they are being held by three prongs amidst a linear lightning motif. Those prongs represent a dragon's claws. The curatorial files describing a similar kakemono in the British Museum say the it displays a 'storm-dragon' motif.

If you look closely at the courtesan's lower lip you will notice that it is green. This is because: "At the end of the 18th century, sasabeni, an iridescent greenish rouge, applied mainly to the lower lip, became the vogue and continued to the 19th century." Originally, the upper lip and tongue would have been a bright red.