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[ Takao-Dayu ] Top Rank Yuujo Prostitute in the Edo period
Reference Number
" Takao-Dayu " Top Rank Prostitute
Matsui Kokan
Signature & Seal
Part of Painting
Silk, 114 x 35 cm ( 45 x 13.8 inches )
Silk, 189 x 47.5 cm ( 74.4 x 18.7 inches )
Roller End Material
Hard Plastic
Wood Box (Not Original)

The scroll is a little foxed overall as it was painted years ago.
We estimate it was painted between 1850 and 1900.
The both roller ends have recently been replaced to plastic ones.
There are spots, stains and folds to some extent in whole.
Some creases are recognized on the painting part.
There are a breach and a few small tears at the bottom of the mounting.
As a whole, the condition of this scroll is not good.
Although, Takao-Dayu is painted very well.
Takao-Dayu was top Yujo prostitute who was ranked "Tayu".
She was counted one of the top three Tayu prostitutes in the Kanei era (1624-1645).
There used to be a status system in the world of Yujo prostitution in the Edo period, and, only most beautiful, learned, cultured and sophisticated prostitutes could be ordained Tayu rank.

Top Rank Oiran Prostitute
Rakkan Signature & Stamp of Matsui Kokan
Signature & Seal
Tayu, Most beautiful, cultured, sophisticated Yujo Prostitute
Takao Dayuu, Top Rank Yujo Prostitute with Straw Hat
Roller End
Roller End
In Wooden Box
In Wooden Box
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