Untitled series of busts of beautiful women

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Chz

c. 1833-1835

This untitled series of busts of beautiful women is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban.

 

Description: Head and shoulders of a geisha holding a sake cup with a poem by Umenoya Kakuju inscribed above

 

Another state of the above design

 

Description: Bust of a courtesan

 

 

The poem translates:

 

Imado is a place

Where roof tiles are fired,

But here as well

Lovely women of pleasure

Gather in lofty places

 

Umenoya

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Description: Bust of a mistress

 

The poem translates:

 

In dishabille

Her form still maintains

A summer crested Fuji peak;

The clouds of the bath

Waft through the kept woman

 

Kamonoya Kiyoki

 

 

 

 

Description: Waitress in Fukagawa

 

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