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The Courtesan Hitomoto of the Daimonji-ya

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nishiki-e, vegetable pigments

  • nishiki-e

    Nishiki-e literally means 'brocade pictures' and refers to multi-coloured woodblock prints.

  • vegetable pigments

    Vegetable pigments were used to create coloured dyes for Japanese prints, paintings, and textiles. These pigments often faded over time due to the chemical reactions they underwent.


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  • Beauties of the Four Seasons by Mitsuko Watanabe

    Beauties of the Four Seasons

    Utamaro II succeeded Utamaro after May 1806, and worked during the Bunka era (1804-18). This print depicts the Courtesan Hitomoto of the house of Daimonji-ya and another unidentified courtesan. Hitomoto, Okita of the Naniwa-ya and Ohisa of the Takashima-ya were beauties who had been often depicted by Utamaro I.

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