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The Imperial Visit (chapter 29) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The Imperial Visit (chapter 29) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)


IHL Cat. #2442

About This Print

This scene from chapter 29, The Imperial Visit, is described in the accompanying explanation sheet (not part of this collection), as follows: "The picture shows Prince Genji presenting the Emperor [partially seen in upper left] with game hunted in falconry." However, the only scene in "The Imperial Visit" chapter (Miyuki) involving the presentation of game birds is when the emperor has "a brace of pheasants tied to a leafy branch" sent to Genji along with a royal letter, as described below. 

Source: The Tale of Genji, Lady Murasaki, Dead Authors Society, 2018
The emperor had invited Genji to join the hunt, but Genji had replied that a defilement made it impossible for him to go out. By a guards officer the emperor sent a brace of pheasants tied to a leafy branch.

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 #2442
 Title or Description
The Imperial Visit 行幸 Miyuki
variously translated as The Royal Visit, The Royal Outing, The Imperial Progress, An Imperial Excursion
 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 3/4 x 12 7/16 in. (22.2 x 31.6 cm)
 H x W Image 8 1/4 x 12 in. (21 x 30.5 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2014.1.26; 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:
3/25/2021 created
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