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Kikugawa Eizan

Utagawa School, second half 19th century

Screen of Flesh
(Niku Byobu)

articulated figure

articulated shikake-e (trick picture) with folded chuban and male doll figure and fukuro; the wrapper with the title, Niku byobu kohen, kawari byobu (Screen of Flesh, 2nd version, Strange Screen), the 'reverse' of the screen with the title, Niku byobu, hyaku fu ko (Screen of flesh, hundred women), with a long text regarding a man who was obsessed with sex and wanted to try as many versions of women as possible; the reverse illustrated with thirteen women, with cartouches identifying their type and ages: nyobo (wife), musume (young girl), geisha (professional entertainer), kiyomoto (a type of jojuri chanter), gejo (servant), komusume (teenager), odoriko (dancer), otenba musume (tomboy), chaiya onna (teahouse waitress), and two unidentified, ca. late 1850-early 1860s

6 5/8 by 14 1/8 in., 16.7 by 36 cm (unfolded screen)

6 5/8 by 2 5/8 in., 16.7 by 6.8 cm (folded wrapper)



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