Courtesan with Kamuro
Artist: Utamaro, Kitagawa (1753-1806)
Title: Courtesan with Kamuro
Date: Edo Period
The courtesan is putting the finishing touches to her hairstyle, attended by a young trainee. The spectacular hairstyles were held together using a wax known as binzuke abura. The hair would have been styled and kept in place for up to a week. Special supportive pillows were used at night that stopped the hairstyle from being disturbed.