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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)

Identifier: 1820s Kunisada Nanasato

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.

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