The Courtesan Morokoshi of Echizen-ya

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    This series is very loosely based on the six greatest poets of the ninth century. The courtesan Morokoshi was enrolled in the Echizen-ya between 1791 and 1799, and she was sometimes depicted by Eishi and Utamaro even though she was not of the highest rank of the courtesan. Morokoshi was famous as a poet and in this print she is holding a writing brush, thoughtfully contemplating her poem. She is wearing a black summer kimono with green pine tree design. Her obi shows a white decorative design using gauffrage and her collar has an applied coating of mica on the yellow ground. The label of the series and title is on the top of the left side and includes a red lily.

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nishiki-e

vegetable pigments

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