Kunisada: Courtesan Ascending Staircase
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)
Title: Courtesan and Attendants Ascending a Staircase
Series: Famous Courtesans Compared to the Thirty-six Famous Poets (Meigi Sanju Rokkasen)
We see an exquisitely attired beauty, most likely a courtesan, reach the top of a flight of stairs in a teahouse, en route to her engagement for the evening. Her luxurious attire features a carp climbing a waterfall on her front-tied obi and a rope and anchor on her outer garment. Following her are two attendants. In the hall to her left is a young girl carrying a teapot and a note to unseen guests. Exquisitely printed, with blindprinting on the white of her garment and lacquer effects on the bottom of the sliding doors.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Exceptional condition.
Dimensions: ôban (37.8 cm x 25.6 cm)
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo
Signature: Toyokuni ga