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Woodblock print

Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    nineteenth century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shunchō I (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from wood blocks, embroidered with silk and gold thread.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Sir Edward David Stern (part of the Sir Edward David Stern collection).

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Portrait format print, of two courtesans taking air, surrounded by attendants, on a gold ground. The courtesans are denoted by their elaborate kimonos and obis and their elaborate hairstyles. The print is signed 'Yushido Shuncho.'

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


nineteenth century (made)


Shunchō I (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from wood blocks, embroidered with silk and gold thread.

Marks and inscriptions

Yushido Shuncho.


Height: 14.5 in, Width: 9.5 in

Object history note

The two courtesans are named as Senzan of the Choji-ya and Ogino of the Ogiya.

Descriptive line

Print made by Shuncho I, Japan, nineteenth century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings Accessions 1934 London: Published under the Authority of the Board of Education, 1935


Silk; Material; Gold thread


Block printing; Embroidery

Subjects depicted

Courtesans; Kimono; Obi; Women


Prints; Gender and Sexuality


East Asia Collection

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