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Suzumushi (chapter 38) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Suzumushi (chapter 38) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)


IHL Cat. #2552

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 38, SuzumushiPrince Genji and his wife, Onna-Sanno-Miya are listening to the sounds of autumn insects.

Source:  Genji gojūshijō 源氏五十四帖, published by Shin Kōbe Shinbunsha, 1974.
It is Genji’s 50th year. Prayer beads can be seen as Genji visits Onna-Sanno-Miya sitting before an altar in her room. In the garden, autumn insects such as “suzumushi” and “matsu-mushi” were at the top of their silvery voices. Genji’s presence has made her forget the prayers she was to offer.

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 #2552
 Title or Description
Suzumushi 鈴蟲 (鈴虫) (A Singing Insect)
also translated as The The Bell Cricket; Bell Crickets 
 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; paper abrasion and thinning verso from removal from folder; brown stains verso not visible on recto
 Genre genji-e
 Miscellaneous
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 9 11/16 x 13 7/16 in. (24.6 x 34.1 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 2007.1.106; 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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