Kunisada: Five OiranKunisada: Five Oiran
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Kunisada: Five OiranKunisada: Five Oiran
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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) (1786-1865)

Five high ranking courtesans (Oiran) dressed in splendid kimonos, taking part in a cherry blossom parade during nighttime. Their kimonos and obis are sumptuously decorated with symbols of luck and mythical beasts as the poenix, the shishi, the dragon, the moon hare and the minogame turtle.

Title: Hana kurabe kuruwa yozakura (A Contest of Flowers - Nightly Cherry Blossoms in the Pleasure Quarter)

Signature: Toyokuni ga

Engraver: Hori Fuji (Nakamura Fujiyoshi)

Publisher: Moriya Jihei (Kinshindô)

Date: 8/1858

Size: Oban-pentaptych, each sheet 36 x 24,5 cm

Excellent print with great colours. Single sheets with slightly trimmed side margings, old backing. On one sheet a small wormehole, altogether in very fine condition.

MFA Boston, No. 00.1039-41 shows three of our prints as a triptych. The complete set has to be considered as exceedingly rare, especially in such a fine condition.

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