Aug 4, 2020

Courtesans Promenading on the Nakanochō

Courtesans Promenading on the Nakanochō

仲之町の花魁道中

c. 1790

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Utagawa Toyokuni 歌川 豊国

(Japanese, 1769–1825)

Japan, Edo period

(1615–1868)

One of a triptych of color woodblock prints

Each: 37.5 x 25.4 cm (14 3/4 x 10 in.)

Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.211.a

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Nakanochō was the main street in Yoshiwara, a famous walled pleasure district that housed as many as 4,000 courtesans. In the early evening, elaborately dressed courtesans accompanied by attendants promenaded on the central thoroughfare, as in this scene. The open buildings with shop curtains hanging from their eaves are teahouses, establishments where men could arrange appointments with courtesans of the more prestigious brothels.

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