Surimono; color woodblock print
Sheet: 56.6 x 21 cm (22 5/16 x 8 1/4 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Ralph King 1943.4
Gomeirō is another name for the fashionable teahouse Ōgi-ya (House of Fans) in the Yoshiwara district of Edo (present-day Tokyo). Two courtesans, each attended by a geisha and a shinzō (apprentice to a courtesan) view a full autumn moon as it rises over the surrounding paddy fields. The elegance of the women's flowing robes and the serenity of the evening with a full silver moon contribute to the poetic atmosphere of this surimono, a privately commissioned print usually accompanied by text—here, a poem, which reads:
What liveliness! Geisha, shinzō, and jesters
fill the room, all guests of the moon.
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