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Haku Rei

Description Color lithograph broadside
Contributor Unknown (Author)
Language Japanese
Identifier Local: The Melikian Collection L2011.008.026.50
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note English title: White Pretty Water
Note Dimension: 15 x 22 in.
Note Date: ca. 1910
Note This advertisement juxtaposes famous Japanese courtesan Shizu Tamakai alongside a caricature of an African, most likely to highlight the exotic abilities of this whitening cleanser. Shizu Tamakai was one of the most well known geisha in Japan in the early 1900s, and appears in many photographs, advertisements and posters of the time. However, finding racial caricatures with this level of exaggeration is quite rare.

Nicholas Klofkorn

Other information (library catalogue, links to websites etc.):
A duplicate of this poster was in exhibition in Osaka Prefectural Library. I also found an online “antique” website selling copies of this poster for 7,000 yen.
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Collaborating Institutions ASU Art Museum / School of Art / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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