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Courtesan playing with a cat
懐月堂度繁筆  猫と戯れる遊女
Date: approx. 1705-1715
Object Name: Woodblock print (sumizuri-e)
Materials: Ink on paper
Dimensions: H. 22 in x W. 12 1/4 in, H. 55.9 cm x W. 31.1 cm (ō-ōban)
Credit Line: Gift of the Grabhorn Ukiyo-e Collection
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Prints And Drawings
Object Number: 2005.100.6
On Display: No

Description

Label: A courtesan playfully dangles a tie-dyed hand towel, teasing the cat at her feet. This charming scene contains a sophisticated bit of product placement: the box on which she sits is labeled with the name of a confectionary shop, Masaruya, and its address in Asakusa Komagata-chō. Half-hidden behind her legs is the image of a Japanese macaque, the monkey (masaru) that is the shop’s emblem. Most of Dohan’s prints are of standing courtesans, their forms defined by sweeping curves, calligraphic outlines, and bold patterns. Here, not only is the composition more complex but the three-dimensional rendering of the box lends the figure, balanced at its edge, an unusual degree of solidity. The costume too is especially gorgeous, patterned as it is with a swirling design of flowering myoga ginger and arabesques.

More Information

Signature/Seal: Signature: 日本戯畫懐月末葉度繁圖 Nihon giga Kaigestu matsuyō Dohan zu

Seal: 度繁 Dohan

Collector’s seal: Edwin and Marjorie Grabhorn


Marks: Publisher’s mark: 元浜町 伊賀屋 板元 Motohama-chō Igaya Hanmoto
Exhibition History: “The Printer’s Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection”, Asian Art Museum, 2/20/15-5/10/15
Label: A courtesan playfully dangles a tie-dyed hand towel, teasing the cat at her feet. This charming scene contains a sophisticated bit of product placement: the box on which she sits is labeled with the name of a confectionary shop, Masaruya, and its address in Asakusa Komagata-chō. Half-hidden behind her legs is the image of a Japanese macaque, the monkey (masaru) that is the shop’s emblem. Most of Dohan’s prints are of standing courtesans, their forms defined by sweeping curves, calligraphic outlines, and bold patterns. Here, not only is the composition more complex but the three-dimensional rendering of the box lends the figure, balanced at its edge, an unusual degree of solidity. The costume too is especially gorgeous, patterned as it is with a swirling design of flowering myoga ginger and arabesques.
Signature/Seal: Signature: 日本戯畫懐月末葉度繁圖 Nihon giga Kaigestu matsuyō Dohan zu

Seal: 度繁 Dohan

Collector’s seal: Edwin and Marjorie Grabhorn


Marks: Publisher’s mark: 元浜町 伊賀屋 板元 Motohama-chō Igaya Hanmoto
Exhibition History: “The Printer’s Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection”, Asian Art Museum, 2/20/15-5/10/15