Shikimaro: Beauty cleaning a teabowl.
Artist: Kitagawa Shikimaro
Title: Beauty cleaning a teabowl.
Series: Thirty-six Modern Female Poets (sanjû-roku-ban tsuzuki imayô onna kasen)
Date: ca. 1813
The courtesan Oteru from the House Wakamatsu cleans a teabowl, her kimono of stylized waves flowing down behind her. There is a poem done in calligraphy upper right. Shikimaro was a pupil of Utamaro. In this series Shikimaro depicts a courtesan (tayû) with her waka poem in her own writing. The title is in the center of a ring of bells, house name and “sanjû-rokuban tsuzuki” on the right, and the names of courtesan and kamuros on the left. From the series “Thirty-six Modern Female Poets” (sanjû-roku-ban tsuzuki imayô onna kasen).
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Nishimura-ya Yohachi
Seal: Kiwame and Maruya Bunzaemon
Signature: Shikimaro ga