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Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: The Syllable Wo (ヲ): the courtesan Nanasato (七里) of the Ebisugataya
from the series ABC Poems for Beautiful Courtesans
(Bijin keisei iroha tanka: 美人傾城いろはたん歌)

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Dates: created,1820s
Dimensions: Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock
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Signed: Okonomi ni tsuki (out of my own taste) Kunisada ga
御好ニ付国貞画
Publisher: Yamaguchiya Tōbei
(Marks 591 - seal 15-005)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Drexel University, Philadelphia; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - The Syllable Ho - Yosooi; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - The Syllable I - Shiratama; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - The Syllable Ni - Somei; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - The Syllable Ro - Tsukasa; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - The Syllable Ka ; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - The Syllable Ri ; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - The Syllable Ru;

Physical description:

We have been able to locate several other prints from this series. Four are in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and one is in the Mead Art Museum at Amherst. There is also one in the Shizuoka Prefectural Library and another in the Waseda University collection.

In the upper right corner is an ikō (衣桁), a clotes rack, meant not only to keep the courtesans elaborate gown fresh, but also to display it for its ostentatious nature.