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

Print: An oiran from the series Popular Flute Tunes and Pictures of Women
(Fūryū chōshifue - 風流調子婦絵: 二上り)

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Dates: circa 1823 - 1825,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Fushimiya Zenroku
(Marks 080 - seal 01-106)
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Ritsumeikan University ; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - another print from this series; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - yet another print from this series; Adachi Museum of Art - another print from this series;

Physical description:

This woman represents the highest order of courtesan. She is wearing a robe decorated with a gamboling lion among peonies. The stripes represent a turbulent waterfall.

We know of at least ten prints from this series. One of them is in the Keio University Library.


There was at least one other later edition of this print. In that one many of the fine black lines of the woodblock have broken and there is no publisher's seal.


There is another print in the Lyon Collection of a high ranking courtesan wearing a kimono decorated with a lion and a peony. That one is by Eizan and can be found at #731.