One Hundred Beauties from Famous Places in Edo: Hanakawado

Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III)

One Hundred Beauties from Famous Places in Edo: Hanakawado

1857

woodblock print

14 5/8 by 10 in., 37.2 by 25.3 cm

Scholten Japanese Art

New York, NY

212.585.0474

Under $2,200

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A beauty seated before a mirror resting on a folding mirror stand holds a twist of her hair up as she licks the end of a long hair ornament to facilitate sliding it into her coiffure. Next to the stand is a black and gold lacquer box with the lid slid open to reveal the rest of the set of fancy hairpins. It rests on a fabric-covered box with the hinged cover flipped open containing her make-up brushes and blue and white jars of cosmetics.

The landscape cartouche illustrates a lantern-lined shop in Hanakawado, a small district in Asakusa on the Sumida River which is famous for its cherry blossoms, particularly in Hanakawado Park.