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Autumn Celebration (chapter 7) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Autumn Celebration (chapter 7) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)


IHL Cat. #2449

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 7, Autumn CelebrationPrince Genji performs the "Waves of the Blue Ocean" duet dance with To-no-Chūjō.

Source: The Tale of Genji, Lady Murasaki, Dead Authors Society, 2018
In the bright evening light the music echoed yet more grandly through the palace and the excitement grew; and though the dance was a familiar one, Genji scarcely seemed of this world. As he intoned the lyrics his auditors could have believed they were listening to the Kalavinka bird of paradise. The emperor brushed away tears of delight, and there were tears in the eyes of all the princes and high courtiers as well. 


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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2449
 Title
Autumn Celebration 紅葉賀 Momiji no ga
variously translated as The Festival of Red Leaves, An Autumn Excursion,  Beneath the Autumn Leaves, An Imperial Celebration of Autumn Foliages, Maple Fête
 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)]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre genji-e
 Miscellaneous
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 8 11/16 x 12 7/16 in. (22.1 x 31.6 cm)
 H x W Image 8 3/8 x 11 15/16 in. (21.3 x 30.3 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2018.1.79; 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:
3/24/2021 created
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