Kunisada (Toyokuni III)

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)


Hours of the Yoshiwara: The Hour of the Rooster, Sixth Hour of Twilight
(Yoshiwara tokei: Tori no koku, kure mutsu)

titled at the upper right, Yoshiwara tokei: Tori no koku, kure mutsu, with censor's seal kiwame (approved), signed Gototei Kunisada ga, and publisher's seal Kichi (Enomotoya Kichibei of Hoeido), ca. 1818-20

oban tate-e 15 1/4 by 10 1/8 in., 38.7 by 25.7 cm

A lavishly attired courtesan powders her nose in front of a black lacquer kyodai (mirror stand), her voluminous uchikake spreading out behind her like an ornate carpet. A packet of Bien Senjoko face powder is situated in the foreground in an early example of product placement. In the pictoral cartouche above we see a vignette of a young woman holding a shamisen while standing beside a man ringing a bell at the entrance to a teahouse or restaurant.

Robert Schaap, Kunisada: Imaging Drama and Beauty, 2016, p. 42, no. 4 ('The hour of teh ox, eighth hour of the night'- another print from this series) The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (www.mfa.org), accession no. 11.29901
(inv. no. 10-5074)

price: $3,800


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