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Hana-no-en (chapter 8) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Hana-no-en (chapter 8) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2551

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 8, Hana-no-En, it is spring in Genji’s twentieth year and he has met Oborotsukyo, a Lady of Chamber, in the corridor of Kokiden Hall. 

Source:  Genji gojūshijō 源氏五十四帖, published by Shin Kōbe Shinbunsha, 1974.
Genji is a little drunk on the wine served at the cherry-viewing banquet and wanders off into the corridors of Kokiden Hall. Suddenly, a young, beautiful voice recites an ancient poem – “There is nothing like a faint moonlit night.” Prince Genji seizes her sleeve, leads her towards a room and quietly shuts the door.

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 #2551
 Title or Description
Hana-no-En 花宴 (The Flower Feast)
also translated as The Festival of the Cherry Blossoms; Under the Cherry Blossoms; A Banquet Celebrating Cherry Blossoms; Flower Party
 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 - overall toning; paper abrasion top margin corners verso from removal from folder; brown stains verso not visible on recto
 Genre genji-e
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 9 5/16 x 12 7/8 in. (23.76 x 32.7 cm)
 H x W Image 8 1/2 x 12 1/8 in. (21.6 x 30.8 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2015.1.15 and 2018.1.80; 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