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  • Artist: Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)
  • Title: A 'wakashu' and a courtesan
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  • Date: c. 1840
  • Medium: wooblock print
  • Size/Format: koban yoko-e (c. 4.75" x 7.2")

    Genuine SHUNGA and EGOYOMI shunga (erotic prints with hidden calendars). Wakashu were actors by profession; they played female roles, but being men, they shaved their forelocks and are usually shown, as here, with their foreheads covered in purple cloth. These were known as murasaki-boshi ('purple hats'). - Since wakashu, next to having been young actors playing female roles, often were boy prostitutes at the same time, in shunga they are often depicted in a homoerotic context, which doesn't seem to be the case here: the boy's partner seems to be a woman.

    Reserve: $490.00

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  • Condition

    FINE. Surimono-quality printing on DELUXE paper. - With the use of metalic (silver- and gold-color) pigments. - RARE.

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    Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865) A

    Estimate $600 - $700Jun 20
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