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The series "Beauties of the Southern Quarter" by Utamaro Kitagawa 1126 210x300mm

The series "Beauties of the Southern Quarter" by Utamaro Kitagawa 1126 210x300mm

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This beauty must have been the dream ideal worshipped by many a romantic young man at that time. The most splendid costumes were created during the late 18th century for these arbiters of fashion and style. Robes of silk crepe, velvet or satin were worn with broad sashes (obi) of gold and silk brocades. Her pyramidal coiffure, piled high on her head and embellished with elaborate hairpins is a dramatic change from the more casual styles of the early 18th century and required the care of a professional hairdresser.

Tokyo Bay in summer is pictured on her fan, with a poem by Magao, a contemporary writer. It was translated by Louis Ledoux as follows:

Even as guests do,
So do the summer breezes
Ever returning,
Come to Sodegaura,
Place of heavenly coolness.

Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, ca. 1754–1806)
Period: Edo period (1615–1868)
Date: ca. 1793–94
Culture: Japan
Medium: Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions: 210x300 mm
Reprint. Made in Japan

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