Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni II (二代目歌川豊国)

Print: The Sign of the Hare (卯) from the series Elegant Women Likened to the Twelve Animals of the Zodiac (Fūryū azuma sugata jūnishi - 風流東姿十二支)

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Dates: 1825 - 1830,created
Dimensions: 10.25 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Gosotei Toyokuni ga
Artist's seal: toshidama in red
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Marks 180 - seal 25-363)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Inset signed: Kunihisa-jo ga

Related links: Ritsumeikan University - black and white only; Brooklyn Museum; Lyon Collection - another print from this series, the ram;Lyon Collection - another print from this series, the dragon;Lyon Collection - another print from this series, the horse;

Physical description:

An elegant oiran hold a pack of tissues, a sexual symbol, an indication of her profession. Notice her green lower lip, a popular fashion at that time. Also, look carefully at her collar and you will see partial images of two stylized turtles with a kanji character on their backs. The floral patterns of her expensive hairpins may offer a hint as to which house of prostitution she worked for.

The inset of the hares was designed by one of Toyokuni II's pupils, 豊久女, a female student.