Re: Assistance identifying this?


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Posted by Alec W. (174.105.163.103) on January 12, 2021 at 03:21:20:

In Reply to: Assistance identifying this? posted by DavidK on January 11, 2021 at 21:40:09:

https://data.ukiyo-e.org/uploads/images/94a56443ceb2e6b308f7db9f1b14a040.jpg

It looks to me to depict a couple of high-ranking Yoshiwara courtesans, accompanied by retinues on the way to assignation houses to meet clients for the evening.

Here's a design from a 1740 Yoshiwara "Saiken" (brothel directory) showing an extremely similar scene:

https://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/2541139

In terms of identifying the book this came from, is there any half-cut-off vertical text near the outer edges of the pages? Japanese books of the Edo period very often had the title (or a version thereof) printed in that position, with a fold down the middle of the text. These can be hard to read, for obvious reasons, but sometimes it's enough to make out identifying information!

-A


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