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Agemaki (chapter 47) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Agemaki (chapter 47) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2440

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 47, Agemaki, Prince Niou-no-miya has stolen into the sleeping chamber of Princess Naka-no-kimi, the second daughter of Hachi-no-miya and the younger sister of Oigimi.

Source: The Tale of Genji, Lady Murasaki, Dead Authors Society, 2018
Niou was led in under cover of darkness.... He signaled with his fan and Bennokimi [an older woman] came to let him in. How amusing, he thought, that his turn should have come to travel this well-traveled route. 

The first signs of dawn came over the sky, and as always the monastery bells were ringing. His [Kaoru's] late-sleeping friend [Niou]had still not left Nakanokimi's side.... 

As the sky grew brighter Niou emerged, and with him a quiet fragrance that cast just the right veil of delicacy over the events of the night before. 

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 #2440
 Title or Description
総角 Agemaki 
variously translated as Trefoil Knots, A Bowknot Tied in Maiden's Loops
 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 good - right margin trimmed to image
 Genre genji-e
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 8 13/16 x 12 1/4 in. (22.4 x 31.1 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 2015.1.1; 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