Utagawa Sadafusa

active ca. 1818-50

Famous Scenes of the Eastern Capital: Ochanomizu
(Toto meikei: Ochanomizu)

signed Gokitei Sadafusa ga, with publisher's seal Yokoyama-cho Kikuichi han (Kikuya Ichibei from Yokoyama-cho, Kinkodo), and censor's seal kiwame (approved), 1830's

oban tate-e 14 3/4 by 10 in., 37.6 by 25.5 cm

A stylish beauty pauses to adjust a blue scarf over her hair. She wears an ensemble with a predominately blue palette, pairing an understated blue, green and yellow shima (striped) kosode with a black, grey and blue obi. She epitomizes the restrained elegance of iki-style: contrasting the subdued hues of her outer layers with the rose-colored underrobe visible at her inner-sleeves and an erotic glimpse where the robe parts slighly near her knee.

This series features beauties of the 'Eastern Capital' (Edo) paired with inset landscape cartouches of specific famous places in the city. The area of Ochanomizu (lit. 'tea water') is named for the Kanda River, an aqueduct cut through the Kanda mountain, not, as the name suggests, because the water was unclear, but because its proximity to a well at the Korin-ji temple which was so pure it was known as a preferred source for the shogun's tea.

(inv. no. 10-5591)

price: $750

Utagawa Sadafusa



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