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A Pavilion (chapter 50) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

A Pavilion (chapter 50) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2446

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 50, A Pavilion, (Azumaya), Prince Niao visits Ukifune, the governor's stepdaughter. The open sliding door suggests an anticipated romantic encounter.

Source: The Tale of Genji, Lady Murasaki, Dead Authors Society, 2018
Wandering restlessly here and there, Niou came upon a girl [Ukifune] whom he had not seen before, out towards the west veranda.... He opened the door yet a little more and peered from behind the screen.... Never the one to hold back on such occasions, he clutched at her skirt.... He stretched out familiarly beside her.  

Ukon [in service to Ukifune] groped her way through the darkness, and came upon a fragrantly reclining figure in a man's singlet. So he was at it again! She knew immediately that he did not have Ukifune's permission.... He was always being attracted to new women who had far less to recommend 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 #2446
 Title or Description
A Pavilion 東屋 Azumaya
also variously translated as The Eastern House, The Eastern Cottage, A Hut in the Eastern Provinces
 Series Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
 木版画源氏五十四帖  Mokuhanga Genji gojūyonjō
 Ebina Masao (1913-1980)
 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)]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre genji-e
 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 5/16 x 12 in. (21.1 x 30.5 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2015.1.47; 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