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Chinese Agrimony (chapter 30) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Chinese Agrimony (chapter 30) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)


IHL Cat. #2499

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 30, Chinese Agrimony, Yūgiri, the son of Prince Genji and Aoi-no-Uye, holds a branch of Chinese Agrimony (thoroughwart flower) and tells Tamakatsura of his love for her.

Source:  Genji gojūshijō 源氏五十四帖, published by Shin Kōbe Shinbunsha, 1974.
Yūgiri, who was the the son of Prince Genji and Aoi-no-Uye, the daughter of Ohmiya, was also in mourning. Yūgiri had thought Tamakatsura to be his sister; now that she proved to be the illegitimate daughter of the Lord Keeper, he found himself irresistibly attracted by her. So he visited her to confess his love.

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 #2499
 Title or Description
Chinese Agrimony 藤袴 Fujibakama
variously translated as Blue Trousers; Purple Trousers; Thoroughwort Flowers; Mistflowers
 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 13/16 x 12 7/16 in. (22.4 x 31.6 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 2009.1.9; 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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5/30/2021 created
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