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Matsukaze (chapter 18) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Matsukaze (chapter 18) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)


IHL Cat. #2554

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 18, Matsukaze, it is Genji’s thirty-first year and he holds in his arms Akashi-no-hime-Gimi his daughter with Akashi-no-Uye, who looks on. Akashi-no-Uye has moved to her inherited villa west of Kyoto by the River Ōi.

Source:  Genji gojūshijō 源氏五十四帖, published by Shin Kōbe Shinbunsha, 1974.
Genji has renewed his old love for Akashi-no-Uye and one night tells Murasaki-no-Uye about his affair with Akashi-no-Uye  and wanting to bring up his daughter in the palace. Having no daughter of her own, Murasaki-no-Uye agrees despite her slight jealousy of Akashi.

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 #2554
 Title or Description
Matsukaze 松風
seen translated as The Wind in the Pine-Trees; The Wind in the Pines; Wind in the Pines
 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 - overall toning; glue remnants verso from removal from folder
 Genre genji-e
 Miscellaneous
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 8 11/16 x 12 5/16 in. (22.1 x 31.3 cm)
 H x W Image 8 1/4 x 11 13/16 in. (21 x 30 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2009.1.51; 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:
8/15/2021 created
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