Left panel of habahiro

Prostitute of Osaka, Left Sheet, c. 1745

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This print was originally one of a set of three prints. In each print, a young female attendant accompanies a sumptuously dressed woman who is meant to embody one of Japan's major cities: Osaka (shown here), Kyoto, and Edo. In the case of Osaka, the attendant carries a sake ewer and a cup on a ceremonial serving stand. Her mistress seems to be engrossed in a love letter. Each of the prints also bears a poem that associates a flower or tree with the city. In this example, the poem likens the whitened faces of prostitutes to plum blossoms in early springtime:

The setting sun
In the first month
Brings made-up faces of
Plum blossoms.

Prostitute of Osaka, Left Sheet
Artist Life
1711 - 1785
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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Left panel of habahiro