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Kunisada, “Beating a Courtesan with a Cherry Branch” (1861)

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“Beating a Courtesan with a Cherry Branch” (1861)

Unusual kabuki scene of a samurai preparing to beat a bound courtesan with a flowering cherry branch. He raises the stick above his head, looking down at the captive with a worried frown. The beauty stares up at him disdainfully, a rope tied around her torso. She wears a purple kimono patterned with pink and yellow blossoms, tied with a brown and yellow print obi. Her long hair is pulled back into a ponytail with shorter locks falling over her shoulders. Nicely detailed with fine line work in the hair and the woven garden fence at right, and a subtle burnished pattern in the black kimono.Unusual kabuki scene of a samurai preparing to beat a bound courtesan with a flowering cherry branch. He raises the stick above his head, looking down at the captive with a worried frown. The beauty stares up at him disdainfully, a rope tied around her torso. She wears a purple kimono patterned with pink and yellow blossoms, tied with a brown and yellow print obi. Her long hair is pulled back into a ponytail with shorter locks falling over her shoulders. Nicely detailed with fine line work in the hair and the woven garden fence at right, and a subtle burnished pattern in the black kimono.

Artist – Kunisada (1786 – 1864)
Image Size –14 1/4″ x 9 3/4″

From the collection of Zetsu Nawa

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