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Shigamoto (chapter 46) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Shigamoto (chapter 46) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)


IHL Cat. #2454

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 46, Shigamoto (At the Foot of the Oak Tree), Kaoru-no-kimi (Prince Genji's son) is talking to Oigimi, the eldest daughter of Hachi-no-miya.

Source: The Tale of Genji, Lady Murasaki, Dead Authors Society, 2018
The dawn moon flooded the room setting him off through the blinds to most wonderful effect. Silently, the princesses withdrew behind deeper curtains. Yet he did seem to be unlike most young men. His way of speaking was quiet and altogether serious. Oigimi occasionally came forth with an answer. Kaoru thought of his friend Niou and the rapidity with which he had been drawn to the princesses. Why must he himself be so different? Their father had as good as offered them to him; and why did he not rush forward to claim them?

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 #2454
 Title or Description
椎本 Shigamoto (At the Foot of the Oak Tree) 
variously translated as Beneath the Oak
 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 - soiling or ink offset lower left corner
 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 3/8 x 12 in. (21.3 x 30.5 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2008.1.71; 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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