Courtesan Dreaming on the New Year

Maker(s)
Artist: Isoda Koryūsai 磯田湖竜斎 (1735-1790)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1773-1775
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (overall): 68.5 x 12 cm (26 15/16 x 4 3/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
The Anne van Biema Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2004.3.326
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
Anne van Biema collection, courtesan, dreaming, Edo period (1615 - 1868), hashira-e, Japan, Mount Fuji, new year, sleeping, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Pillar prints (hashira-e) were intended for display, and were pasted directly onto walls or pillars or mounted as hanging scrolls for a more formal presentation. Images of beautiful women (bijinga) were especially prevalent among the subjects of pillar prints, which flourished from the 1740s until the 1770s, when this print was designed by Koryvsai. Here a courtesan dreams after she has fallen asleep while sitting at her desk. The dream, which is represented as rising from her heart, is of Mount Fuji, a falcon, and eggplants, all auspicious symbols for the New Year. This design may have been published for display on the New Year.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 111, pp. 276-277.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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