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Not currently on display at the V&A
On short term loan out for exhibition

Woodblock Print

1777-82 (made)

Famous courtesans were fashion icons, admired for their style and taste. Prints of known courtesans wearing the latest kimono served as wonderful publicity for brothel owners and clothing merchants alike. Mandayū of the Nakaomiya brothel is wearing a red kimono tied at the front with a boldly striped obi. Her black outer-kimono is decorated with cranes. She watches her apprentices play a board game while smoking a pipe.


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Brief Description
Woodblock print by Isoda Koryusai (1735-90) depicting the courtesan Mandayu of the Nakaomiya House, from the series New Designs as Fresh as Young Leaves, Japanese, 1777-1782. Wearing the latest fashionable kimono design, Mandayu is shown smoking a pipe while her apprentices play a board game
Gallery Label
Famous courtesans were fashion icons, admired for their style and taste. Prints of known courtesans wearing the latest kimono served as wonderful publicity for brothel owners and clothing merchants alike. Mandayū of the Nakaomiya brothel is wearing a red kimono tied at the front with a boldly striped obi. Her black outer-kimono is decorated with cranes. She watches her apprentices play a board game while smoking a pipe. (29/02/2020)
Summary
Famous courtesans were fashion icons, admired for their style and taste. Prints of known courtesans wearing the latest kimono served as wonderful publicity for brothel owners and clothing merchants alike. Mandayū of the Nakaomiya brothel is wearing a red kimono tied at the front with a boldly striped obi. Her black outer-kimono is decorated with cranes. She watches her apprentices play a board game while smoking a pipe.

Bibliographic Reference
Jackson, Anna (editor), Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, London: V&A Publications, 2020
Collection
Accession Number
E.579-1903

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record createdJune 25, 2009
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