Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)
The Hour of the Rooster, Sixth Hour of Twilight (Tori no koku, Kure muttsu), from the series A Yoshiwara Clock (Yoshiwara tokei nihen - Mitate hakkei - 吉原時計 酉ノ刻 暮六ツ)
10 in x 14.75 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
Publisher: Enomotoya Kichibei
(Marks 054 seal 01-053)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ritsumeikan University (B/W)
Google maps - Yoshiwara Shrine - one of the only signs of where this famous district was
Lyon Collection - another print from this series
Lyon Collection - another print underwritten by Bien Senjokō face powder
Scholten Japanese Art wrote of this print: "A lavishly attired courtesan powders her nose in front of a black lacquer kyodai (mirror stand), her voluminous uchikake spreading out behind her like an ornate carpet. A packet of Bien Senjoko [美艶仙女香] face powder is situated in the foreground in an early example of product placement. In the pictoral cartouche above we see a vignette of a young woman holding a shamisen while standing beside a man ringing a bell at the entrance to a teahouse or restaurant."
A woman is kneeling before a lacquered mirror stand as she applies a cosmetic with a hand-brush. The season of the year may well be winter considering the number of layers of gorgeous robes the courtesan, an oiran, is wrapped in.
There are twelve prints in this set.
Illustrated: An Italian in Japan: Prints from the Edoardo Chiossone Collection, Museum of Art, Genoa.
There is also another copy of this print in the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden.
Enomotoya Kichibei (榎本屋吉兵衛) (publisher)
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
mitate-e (見立て絵) (genre)