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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), 1786-1865
courtesan pausing at a large theater sign
signed Oju Kunisada ga, publisher's seal Ju, hanmoto, Joshuya, Nin-gyocho-dori, Gakuyajinmichi (Joshuya Juzo of Kinjudo), censor's seal Kiwame, ca. 1820s
oban tate-e 15 1/2 by 10 1/2 in., 39.3 by 26.6 cm
This rare (apparently unrecorded) bijin print presents an amusing take on the ardor of fandom. A courtesan (identified by her elaborate hair ornaments) pauses before a theater signboard advertising an upcoming performance, the suggestion of which evidentially has gotten her quite excited as she opens the fold of her kimono in anticipation while revealing a shocking display of her red under-robe and bare leg.