Ukiyo-e (pictures of the Floating World) is a form of traditional Japanese art popular during the 17th to 19th centuries. Artists made woodblock prints and paintings of beautiful scenes that hark back to the Japan of old. Scenes included female beauties, Kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, folklore, historical depictions, landscape and travel, and many more.
The Three Beauties Of The Present Day is a masterpiece by famous Ukiyo-e artist, Utamaro. Displayed in its entirety on this 48 cm cotton furoshiki, this composition showcases three celebrity women- one geisha and two teahouse waitresses- posed with their identifying family crests. The image is a well-known example of the ukiyo-e genre of bijin-ga (portraits of beauties), which mainly depicted the 'floating world' lifestyles of geishas and courtesans of the era.
Dimensions: 48 x 48 cm (18.9″ x 18.9″)
Weight: 44 g
Material: 100% cotton
Made in Japan