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Aimi of Maru Ebiya, 19th century. Creator: Kikugawa Eizan

Aimi of Maru Ebiya, 19th century. Creator: Kikugawa Eizan


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Aimi of Maru Ebiya, 19th century. Creator: Kikugawa Eizan

Aimi of Maru Ebiya, 19th century. Series: Tour of the New Yoshiwara

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This stunning aizuri e (prussian blue) woodblock print, titled "Aimi of Maru Ebiya" from Kikugawa Eizan's series "Tour of the New Yoshiwara," captures the essence of the 19th century Edo period in Japan. The print depicts a young girl, Aimi, dressed in the traditional clothing of a kamuro, or servant, to the oiran, or high-ranking courtesan, of Maru Ebiya. The intricately patterned kimono she wears, adorned with elaborate hair decorations and a colorful obi sash, reflects the fashionable dress of the time. The print showcases the rich heritage of ukiyo-e (floating world) art, a genre that flourished during the Tokugawa period in Japan. The monochrome palette, with its deep, vibrant shades of blue, adds to the print's timeless beauty and understated elegance. Aimi's expression is one of quiet contemplation, as she gazes off into the distance, lost in thought. Her soft, flowing hair is styled in the fashionable manner of the time, with intricate braids and decorative accessories. The print's full-length composition allows for a detailed examination of the intricacies of her clothing and the delicate details of her hair decorations. This woodblock print, now housed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is a testament to the enduring allure of Japanese art and the rich cultural heritage of the Edo period. It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving and celebrating the art and fashion of the past, while also inspiring contemporary artists and designers.

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