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Subject:Help would be very much appreciated identifying this Japanese woodblock print
Posted By: Cassie Tue, Jan 28, 2020 IP: 73.163.28.205

Hello everyone,
Help would be appreciated identifying this Japanese woodblock print and again thank you in advance for your help.







Subject:Re: Help would be very much appreciated identifying this Japanese woodblock print
Posted By: Guy Wed, Jan 29, 2020

The artist is Kikugawa Eizan (1787-1867). This is a print from the series 'Meisho awase' (名所合 - Matches from famous places), published ca. 1824-29 by Mikawaya Seiemon. Here, the beauty of the courtesan Miyagi from the Kasaya teahouse (かさ屋 三勝 - Kasaya Miyagi) is compared to the Sensô-ji temple in Asakusa (浅草) in Edo (now Tokyo).

Guy.

Subject:Re: Help would be very much appreciated identifying this Japanese woodblock print
Posted By: manuD Thu, Jan 30, 2020

the MFA reads かさ屋 三勝 as Kasaya Sankatsu
would this be a different person?

Guy, Do you know if Miyagi/Sankatsu is a courtesan or a servant of the teahouse?
I am inventorying names of courtesans and their houses, trying to distinguish them from the servants, this is why the subject interests me.

URL Title :Actor Arashi Tomisaburô II as Kasaya Sankatsu


Subject:Re: Help would be very much appreciated identifying this Japanese woodblock print
Posted By: Guy Thu, Jan 30, 2020

Manu,

The MFA Boston has it right, 三勝 must be read here as 'Sankatsu', not 'Miyagi'. Found another link to Cassie's print at Pushkin (below).
I suppose that the girl must have been part of a lineage of high ranking oiran or geisha (she plays the shamisen) with that name, owned by the Kasaya.

Succes with your research.

Guy.

URL Title :Sankatsu of Kasaya


Subject:Re: Help would be very much appreciated identifying this Japanese woodblock print
Posted By: manuD Fri, Jan 31, 2020

thanks for the useful tip, of course a servant wouldnt play shamisen

Subject:Re: Help would be very much appreciated identifying this Japanese woodblock print
Posted By: Stan Wed, Jan 29, 2020

The artist is Kikugawa Eizan (1787-1867). It was printed circa 1820.

Cheers,
Stan


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