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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Kohina (小雛) of the Ōmiya (あみや) from the series Votive Hand Towels (Hōnō tenugui - 奉納手拭)

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Dates: circa 1814,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画
Publisher: Iseya Rihei (Marks 152 - seal 01-122)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Mead Art Museum, Amherst; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - Koman of the Sakura house; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - Madoka of the Tama house; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - Oshun of the Horikawa house; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - Shiratama of the Tama house; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - Ohatsu of the Tenma house;

Physical description:

We know of at least 11 prints in this series.

Robert Schaap wrote in Kunisada: Imaging Drama and Beauty on page 40 of another print from this series that:

"The title cartouche apparently in the shape of a tenugui (cotton hand towel), lists the series title, the name of the brothel and a named courtesan. After visiting a brothel guests were perhaps given a hand towel as a souvenir of that particular establishment."

Schaap notes that this is one of Kunisada's earliest series of beauty prints. He adds that the initial character go (五) of the artist's name is a variant of how he later wrote it.