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Courtesan of Edo, Right Sheet of a Triptych (Edo, sanpukutsui hidari)

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Note: The title describes this print as literally the "left" (hidari) sheet of a triptych, but the composition and the evidence of surviving uncut triptychs make it clear that the meaning is "proper left," i.e. the right sheet from the standpoint of the viewer. The theme of the triptych is...

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Hirose Shigenobu hitsu


Formerly in the Kobayashi collection; October 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Frank Lloyd Wright; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection

Japanese, Edo period, about 1735 (Kyôhô 20)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, Images of Eighteenth-Century Japan (1975), #45 (R only, 1st state); TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 1 (1960), #s 117-9 (complete, 2nd state); Gunsaulus, AIC cat. I (1955), p. 72 (uncut, 2nd state); Ukiyo-e taisei 2 (1931), #161 (C only, 2nd state)


Hosoban; 32 x 15.8 cm (12 5/8 x 6 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (urushi-e); ink on paper, with hand-applied color and nikawa