Women of the Pleasure Quarters: A Japanese Painted Screen

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Utagawa Toyoharu (attributed to), Courtesans of the Tamaya House, a screen painting, Japan, Edo period, late AD 1770s or early 1780s. © The Trustees of the British Museum, Women of the pleasure quarters: a Japanese painted screen
Utagawa Toyoharu (attributed to), 'Courtesans of the Tamaya House' © The Trustees of the British Museum

Depicting high-ranking courtesans from a brothel in Yoshiwara (the famous brothel district of Edo, now modern-day Tokyo) the screen depicts the world of pleasure and entertainment that was created for the residents, whose daily lives were regulated by a military government which promoted duty and hard work. The large-scale screen, one of very few to survive, offers an insight into the culture, etiquette, and sexual economy of the Edo Period (1600-1868). The screen is on show in room three, head down on a Friday for a late night look.


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