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Courtesan returning to her lover, by Isoda Koryusai

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An image of Courtesan returning to her lover. Isoda Koryûsai (active 1766-1788). Colour print from woodblocks, height 686mm, width 117mm. Hashira-e format. Circa 1771. The provocative glimpse of the woman's body is typical of prints known as abuna-e (risqué picture). The expression was used as early as 1687 in a 'floating world' story book (ukiyo-zôshi) entitled Amorous educational pictures (Kôshoku kimmô zui); it defined the quality of tantalising pictures that show only a glimpse rather than revealing all.

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Courtesan returning to her lover. Isoda Koryûsai (active 1766-1788). Colour print from woodblocks, height 686mm, width 117mm. Hashira-e format. Circa 1771. The provocative glimpse of the woman's body is typical of prints known as abuna-e (risqué picture). The expression was used as early as 1687 in a 'floating world' story book (ukiyo-zôshi) entitled Amorous educational pictures (Kôshoku kimmô zui); it defined the quality of tantalising pictures that show only a glimpse rather than revealing all.

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  • Accession Number: P.3639-R
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/22.0
  • Focal length: 50
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Michael Jones
  • Image height: 1025 pixels
  • Image width: 189 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 244.32kB
  • Exposure time: 1/125
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 22/1
  • Captured: 2013:08:27 10:00:55

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18th Century abuna-e amorous clothes clothing colour printing costume courtesan Edo Period fashion female Fitz_PDP geigi geiko geisha hair hairstyle hashira-e interior Isoda Koryusai Japan Japanese kanzashi hairpin lovers print provocative risque robes screen ukiyo-e woman woodblock woodcut

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