Utabikuni (Buddhist priestess promoting virtue through song)
|Period||Edo period, 17th century|
|Materials and techniques||Hanging scroll, colour on paper|
Uta-bikuni were nuns who went around chanting prayers and admonishing Buddhism. During the early Edo period there were many wandering harlots disguised as such nuns, with make-up and beautiful voices, stopping at one door after another. Note the enticing expressions of this woman in her yellow clothing and red under-garment.