The courtesan Madoka of the Tamaya Brothel with two attendants

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    The Series is thought to contain only two prints and this print is one of the last works by Utamaro. The other is The Courtesan Shi-ratama of the Tamaya-nai.

    Madoka, an oiran, stands in the centre looking to her left, with a shinzō (lower rank) on her right. The kamuro on her left are in pink and purple kimono. The outer garment of Madoka bears a representation of ryūsui-kakitsubata (design of the river flowing between clumps of iris) and her obi has a beautiful design, circular, in black and gold with more regular circles of the same colours below. The shinzō’s garment has the kanze-mizu. (water-ripple design) pattern. Madoka’s kimono seems to be for the cold season, possibly late autumn or winter, with cotton padding placed between each layer of fabric.

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nishiki-e

vegetable pigments

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