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Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1754–1806)
“The Courtesan Hanazuma Reading a Letter,” from the series Beauties Compared to Flowers (Bijin hana awase)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Image: 15 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.
Frame: 35 x 30 in.

Price:  $3,600.00 

Product Detail Description
The courtesan Hanazuma, of the Hyogoya brothel, uses both hands to hold a letter very close to her eyes. In the upper left corner is a white peony in a circle; the background is in pale powdered mica.(MET MUSEUM)