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Set of Three--Osaka: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This print was originally one of a set of three prints. In each print, a young female attendant accompanies a sumptuously dressed woman who is meant to embody one of Japan's major cities: Osaka (shown here), Kyoto, and Edo. In the case of Osaka, the attendant carries a sake ewer and a cup on a ceremonial serving stand. Her mistress seems to be engrossed in a love letter. Each of the prints also bears a poem that associates a flower or tree with the city. In this example, the poem likens the whitened faces of courtesans to plum blossoms in early springtime:

The setting sun

In the first month

Brings made-up faces of

Plum blossoms.

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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 10, 2009