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 by Umenoya translates:

 

Imado is a place

Where roof tiles are fired,

But here as well

Lovely women of pleasure

Gather in lofty places

 

 

 

Another state of the above design

 

Description: Bust of a mistress

 

The poem by Kamonoya Kiyoki translates:

 

In dishabille

Her form still maintains

A summer crested Fuji peak;

The clouds of the bath

Waft through the kept woman

 

 

 

 

 

Description: Waitress in Fukagawa

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