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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.