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Butterfly (chapter 24) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Butterfly (chapter 24) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)


IHLCat. #2443

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 24, Butterfly, thirty-six year old Genji and Lady Murasaki sit in a pleasure boat that Genji had built, as it sails by another pleasure boat on the lake. 

Source: The Tale of Genji, Lady Murasaki, Dead Authors Society, 2018
The dragon and phoenix boats were brilliantly decorated in the Chinese fashion. The little pages and helmsmen, their hair still bound up in the page-boy manner, wore lively Chinese dress, and everything about the arrangements was deliciously exotic, to add to the novelty, for the empress's women, of this southeast quarter. 

For an excellent introduction to The Tale of Genji see Penguin's "Short Summary of the Tale" at https://www.penguin.com/static/packages/us/taleofgenji/introduction3.php


About The Album


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2443
 Title or Description
Butterfly 胡蝶 Kochō
variously translated as The Butterflies, Butterflies
 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 excellent
 Genre genji-e
 Miscellaneous
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 8 11/16 x 12 3/8 in. (22.1 x 31.4 cm)
 H x W Image 8 5/16 x 12 in. (21.1 x 30.5 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2003.1.45 and 2003.1.75; 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 
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3/24/2021 created
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