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Takashima Ohisa Using Two Mirrors to Observe Her Coiffure
This drawing depicts Ohisa, one of the three beauties during the Kansei Period. The back of the mirror she has in her right hand shows the Takashimaya family crest: a circle, three oak leaves, and the character for “kou (tall)”. Also, her hairstyle is called “shimada mage”, which has the same sounds as Takashimaya. In the blinds, arrows are visible. In the enclosed picture, the characters “ta (field)” and “kashima” can be read. All of these represent the Takashimaya. A snake in the picture represents the year of the snake; this work was done in 1797 (Kansei 9), the year of snake. The shape of the snake’s tongue is the Japanese kanji for “nine’. Particularly beautiful are the reflection of Ohisa’s attractive face in the mirror and the curve of her neckline.