Artist: Kikugawa Eizan (菊川英山)

Print: Two oiran, Inaoka (稲岡) and Shigee (? 茂枝) of the Okamotoya (岡本屋), from the series Seirō bijin awase (青楼美人合)

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Dates: circa 1812 - 1813,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Eizan hitsu (英山筆)
Artist's seal in read
Publisher: Maruya Jinpachi (Marks 294 - seal 08-088)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Kanagawa Prefectural Museum - another print from this series;

Physical description:

Notice the green lower lip on the courtesan at the top - a fashion statement - and the blackened area at the mouths of both of these women meant to portray their blackened teeth - another fashion statement.


The round red seal below the artist's signature appears on a few other prints from this time, but it is fairly rare and doesn't show up often.


There is another copy of this print in the Ōta Memorial Museum of Art. It was shown at the exhibition of the 150th anniversary of the artist's death.