Twelve Months of Floating World Beauties: Sixth Month, Tenno Festival
(Ukiyo bijin junikagetsu: Rokugatsu, Tenno matsuri)
series title within the red cartouche at right, Ukiyo bijin junikagetsu, print title within the pictoral cartouche above, Rokugatsu, Tenno matsuri, with vertical banners inscribed Gion Gozu (Gozu Tenno in Gion), signed Keisai Eisen ga, with censor's seal kiwame (approved), and publisher's mark Sanoki (Sanoya Kihei), ca. 1830
oban tate-e 15 1/8 by 10 3/8 in., 38.5 by 26.5 cm
The background inscribed with the words including Gion, takigawa (rapids), kei (scenery), ki (awaken) at the left, and the word kesho (make up) at the right
A beauty begins her morning bathing ritual while standing beside her kyodai (mirror stand) with a a drawer partially open so we glimpse at her cosmetics and with a packet of Bien Senjoko face powder prominently placed for optimal advertising in the foreground.
Chiba City Museum of Art, Keisai Eisen: Artist of the Floating World, 2012, p. 285, cat. no. 147-6 Digital Collections of Keio Univeristy Libraries (dcollections.lib.keio.ac.jp), accession no. 20301
(inv. no. 10-5073)
price: $ 3,800
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