TOYOSHIGE (1777-1835)

Courtesan
Signed: Gosotei Toyokuni ga
Series: Zensai Hyakunin Shu
circa 1820s

Toyoshige is perhaps better known as Toyokuni II.

The inset shows one of the poets of Hyakunin Isshu (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets), which would have been known to all Japanese at the time. The series title is a pun on this famous anthology: Zensei Hyakunin Shu (At the Peak of Popularity; One Hundred Heads).

The woman has a very elegant obi (sash). The seaweed “tails” of the decorative minogame turtles are added as a fringe.

 

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