Masako from Mino Province, c. 1804

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Executed in the rare, long format (nagaban), this print depicts a prostitute and her attendant playing with a child who could be hers from a previous love affair. The poem reads: I rub evening primrose flower on the cloth of the man I love, hoping the scent of the flower will remind him of me The name of the prostitute is inscribed on the print as “Masako from Mino Province,” which we can use to identify Yabe Masako, who died at age twenty-nine in 1773.

Masako from Mino Province
Artist Life
1753 - 1806
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Ukiyo-e shûka 3 (1978), list #674.5
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