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Maeger

Dear experts, I bought this woodcut as one of Utagawa Toyokuni, showing a  Geisha with her Kamuro, but I found very similar ones from Keisai Eisen in the collection of Honolulu Museum. What do you think about? And in expanding my interests I found a lot of geishas dressed like this one pictured here with animals on their robes. So I wondered wether these animals are signs or symbols of the brothels to which the courtesans belong. I’m very interested to know your opinion. Best regards, Stefan

  • manuD

    "There is no fixed rule as to the dress of these women, and they dress themselves in accordance with the wishes of the brothel-keeper or according to the dictates of their own taste."  Joseph Ernest De Becker, History of the Yoshiwara Yukwaku, 1899, p.137

    https://archive.org/details/nightlesscityorh00unse/mode/2up

     

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