Prostitute with Two Attendants, second half 18th century

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The two girls are kamuro, young attendants of high-class prostitutes. They are trainees and will ultimately become prostitutes themselves, the debut of whom was always an important event in the pleasure quarters. In the back is a kadomatsu, literally “gate pine,” a traditional New Year’s decoration made of pine, bamboo, and sprigs of flowering plum trees.

Prostitute with Two Attendants
Artist Life
1735 - 1790 ?
Accession Number
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