Courtesan Fan Painting
Artist: Shikimaro (active 1790-1810)
Title: Courtesan Fan Painting
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi
Date: Edo Period, c.1810
Courtesans were educated in the arts of music, singing, dance, calligraphy, literature and poetry. The poem in the top left would probably have been written by the lady illustrated. Here she is pictured holding a brush (fude) as she decorates the fan.