“An older prostitute receives a client in her private room.”
Look for the magnificent printing details such as the use of ‘bokashi’-shading and the highly detailed carving of the individual hair-lines.
Ukiyoe-expert dr. Richard Lane comments the following on the original Eiri design in Models of Calligraphy:
“To the reader who knows Edo life, the next scene may come as something of a shock: from the exalted world of the court ladies we are flung suddenly to the bottom rung of Edo society. Here we find a fair yotaka (“night-hawk,” i.e., streetwalker) accommodating a lusty client in a lumberyard by the bank of the Sumida River. This is the very world of lower-class pleasure which Eiri so successfully envisioned in his non-shunga prints”.
Antique Japanese color woodblock.