Artist: Keisai Eisen (渓斎英泉)

Print: The Tenth Month (十月): The Festival of Ebisu (Jūgatsu, Ebisu kō - 恵比子講),
Kaotsuma (顔妻) of the Tamaya (玉屋), from the series
Annual Events in the New Yoshiwara (Shin Yoshiwara nenjū gyōji - 新吉原年中行事)  

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Dates: circa 1827 - 1829,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signature: Keisai Eisen ga (渓斉英泉画)
Publisher: Daikokuya (Marks U032 - seal 02-052)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Museuam of Fine Arts, Boston; Ajinomoto Foundation; Google maps - Yoshiwara Shrine - one of the only signs of where this famous district was; Lyon Collection - another print from this series;

Physical description:

A bijin with a roll of paper tissues in her mouth carries a bowl of water to her unseen lover behind a screen. Subject illustrated in Keisai Eisen Ten, Tokyo, 1983. #192.


The covered jar, on the ground to the right of the low table with the blue and white porcelain bowl on it, may be an advertisement for a particular saké dealer or brand. The label reads: 銘酒瀧水 or 'Takimizu saké.'


We have been unable to locate a full set of this beautiful print series anywhere. That does not mean there isn't one, but so far we haven't found it. That said: there are two similar prints from this series in the collection of Waseda University; one in the Ota Museum; two in the Chiba City Museum; and one in the Ritsumeikan collection; and a different print example in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

There is a bit of confusion about this series because several prints appear to represent the same months. However, this may be due to the fact that the dominant cartouche showing the specifics of each print may represent more than one printing with different designs. Possibly this was due to the popularity of these images.