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Mirror of Women of Wisdom and Courage: Kaji of Gion

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Mirror of Women of Wisdom and Courage: Kaji of Gion

ca. 1843

Woodblock Print

14 5/8 by 10 1/8 in., 37.2 by 25.8 cm

Scholten Japanese Art

New York, NY

212.585.0474

Under $2,200

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signed Ichiryusai Kuniyoshi hitsu, with artist's red hat seal, Tanaka censor seal, and publisher's seal of Takahashiya Takakichi (Bun'eido of Ichigaya), ca. 184

This series presents famous women from history or present day along with an associated flower as viewed within a roundel of a circular mirror. In this case, the beauty is a famous tea house waitress named Kaji(jo) who worked in Gion, the entertainment district of Kyoto. She was renowned for her poetry and was reputedly a niece of the founder (or reviver) of the Rinpa school of painters, Ogata Korin (1658-1716). Kaji is paired with the kikyo (bell flower)- a favorite subject of the Rinpa artists.