This is a portrait of a courtesan and her two attendants. The courtesan wears a red cloak with a peacock flying over peonies and a pale green color kimono with “shippô” (seven treasures) pattern. Her green obi, tied in the front, has design of red and blue clouds with gold plants. She is turning away from a viewer to show the gorgeous cloak. Her hair is sculpted in a butterfly shape on the top and has wings to the side. Tortoise-shell combs and multiple hairpins adorn the hair. Her two attendants flank the courtesan; they wear matching, dark green kimono with chrysanthemum flower design and red underkimono. Their kimono have especially long sleeves (furisode), whose openings are tied with ribbons. Their obi are in brocade and tied on their backs. Their hair is sculpted in round shape on their tops and has side wings like the courtesan. They wear silver hair accessories of cherry blossoms and tassels, long hairpins and red silk ribbons. The attendant on the left holds a battledore pad and the right attendant holds a ball. All the women wear black platform sandals. There is a cherry tree in full blossom on the right, from which some petals fall on the women and the ground. There are the artist’s signature and seal on the lower right corner. It has mounting of beige silk and two strips of floral pattern brocade on the top and bottom of the painting.
Traditionally the famous beauties of the Yoshiwara entertainment quarter in Edo would parade under the cherry blossoms every spring in the newest fashions. Here we see an unknown courtesan (but probably one of the top courtesans at the time) accompanied by two young attendants in matching costumes. The battledore pad and ball were originally used in courtly games (the ball is for kicking), but here they are perhaps attributes to the elegance that the courtesan evokes.
This print consists of nuetral, muted colors and abstract designs primarily of dots and circles. The print is designed to look as if thin cracks run through the image, and a lady bug is almost imperceptible near the bottom left of the image. The bottom edge of the print has a dark strip running across it.
signed recto, lower left, in paint "Marian S. Bush", and underlined
115.57 x 162.56 cm (45 1/2 x 64 in.)
Black, grey and white in color. On the upper portion, a white bird is flying above and there is another creature below. Next to the white bird are white angel-like creatures flying alongside. Next to the creature below, there are black soliders in formation.
A study sketch of the heads of men along the top right side and a pair - a man and the devil - smoking in the bottom left corner. The men on the right are all helmeted in different syles of helmet with pointed faces. The man in the bottom corner is dressed in 17th century dress and reclining with legs outward while smoking. The devil figure is hard to discern, but appears to be a standing gargoyle-like figure in the distance. Clouds of smoke surround them.
A six-panel screen with a lacquered black background and illustrations in greens, reds, ochres and pinks. There is a border throughout each panel with red dragons and line decorations. This panel has four women holding a plant, flute, pot and bowl. There is a large tree with rocks and a gold fence and mountains. On the bottom is a ochre pot with red and pink flowers and green foliage.