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- Previous Owner(s)
Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
Fans of kabuki were intensely interested in the lives of stage stars. Here, in an offstage setting, the actor Iwai Hanshiro V enjoys the company of a high-ranking courtesan. His graceful, feminine attire and coiffure reflect the practice of some onnagata to remain in female garments in their offstage lives. The landscape scene on the hanging fan above, like others in the series to which this print belongs, refers to the theme of the Six Tama (Jewel) Rivers, a subject derived from poetry. In Japanese prints, women are often paired with each of the six rivers in a comparison of their beauty. The actor and the courtesan in each print of this series may thus represent the "jewels" of Edo.
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 30, pp. 112-113.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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