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; Keio University Library - courtesan with cat 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.


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.