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Agemaki (chapter 47) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Agemaki (chapter 47) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)


IHL Cat. #2440

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 47, Agemaki, Prince Niou-no-miya has stolen into the sleeping chamber of Princess Naka-no-kimi, the second daughter of Hachi-no-miya and the younger sister of Oigimi.

Source: The Tale of Genji, Lady Murasaki, Dead Authors Society, 2018
Niou was led in under cover of darkness.... He signaled with his fan and Bennokimi [an older woman] came to let him in. How amusing, he thought, that his turn should have come to travel this well-traveled route. 

The first signs of dawn came over the sky, and as always the monastery bells were ringing. His [Kaoru's] late-sleeping friend [Niou]had still not left Nakanokimi's side.... 

As the sky grew brighter Niou emerged, and with him a quiet fragrance that cast just the right veil of delicacy over the events of the night before. 


About The Album


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2440
 Title or Description
総角 Agemaki 
variously translated as Trefoil Knots, A Bowknot Tied in Maiden's Loops
 Series Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
 木版画源氏五十四帖  Mokuhanga Genji gojūyonjō
 Artist
 Ebina Masao (1913-1980)
 Signature
 not signed
 Seal正夫 Masao
 Publication Date 1953 or after (originally issued 1953; multiple editions are known)
 Publisher Yamada Shoin 山田書院
 Carver carving supervised by Yoshio Kawamo [Kawatsura Yoshio 川面義雄 (1880-1963)]
 Printer 
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - right margin trimmed to image
 Genre genji-e
 Miscellaneous
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 8 13/16 x 12 1/4 in. (22.4 x 31.1 cm)
 H x W Image 8 3/8 x 12 1/16 in. (21.3 x 30.6 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2015.1.1; University of Kansas Libraries KU Bib ID: 4123242 (entire portfolio; images not shown); National Diet Library Call Number 913.36-E17g-K (entire portfolio dated 1958; images not shown)
 Reference Literature 
latest revision:
3/25/2021 created
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