Prostitute Hanaōgi of the Ōgiya House, 1793-1794

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Hanaōgi (literally, “flower fan”) may well be the most frequently depicted woman in ukiyo-e. In fact, Hanaōgi was a pseudonym used by several generations of prostitutes from the Ōgiya house, one of the most exclusive brothels in the Yoshiwara. This print represents Hanaōgi IV, the highest-ranked prostitute in the Ōgiya from 1791 through 1797. The oblong cartouche contains a poem comparing the pale beauty of Hanaōgi by moonlight to a delicate moonflower.

Blossoming moonflowers arranged on a flower-fan and Hanaōgi’s face after moonrise
are so adorable that people never tire of seeing them and forget that autumn is coming.

Prostitute Hanaōgi of the Ōgiya House
Artist Life
1753 - 1806
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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