Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni II (二代目歌川豊国)

Print: Aizuri-e - a courtesan holding a pipe (kiseru) watches a pair of ducks, from the series 'Five Modern Beauties' (Tōsei gonin bijo - 當世五人美女)

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Dates: created,1830 - 1835
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Gosotei Toyokuni ga
Publisher: Maruya Seijirō
(Marks 299 -seal similar to 27-010)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Minneapolis Institute of Art; Library of Congress; Lyon Collection - Toyokuni II aizuri-e with bats and gourds;Another example from this series;

Physical description:

There is another aizuri-e bijin print in the Lyon Collection by Toyokuni II (see related links). That woman's kimono is decorated with bats and gourds. This woman's robes are decorated with the backs of turtles, fungus (mushrooms?) and the rear views of antlered deer among large leaves - probably maple.The Chazen Museum owns another aizuri-e from this group.

There appears to be another series of prints by Toyokuni II using this same series title, but pairs beautiful women with inset pictures of famous actors. There is one such example in the collection of Tokyo Metropolitan Library.