A standing beauty. She wears a summer kimono of silk gauze looking back while adjusting her decorative obi (sash). This ukiyo-e painting interestingly shows the custom at the time of mid Edo period, where women put layers of red rouge on their lower lips to make it shiny like a jewel beetle. This trend became extremely popular among courtesans and girls to look as sexy. For the colour of the lips, they were called “sasabeni”, which literally translates as bamboo lips. While only high ranking wealthy courtesans could afford the red rouge, ordinary girls put on black ink first under the red rouge to economize. This painting comes in a paulownia wood storage box. There are some light stains, marks and creases due to age, otherwise in good condition.
Painting: 13 7/8” x 39 1/4” (35.0cm x 99.5cm)
Scroll: 18 3/8” x 69 1/8“ (46.5cm x 175.5cm)