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Illusion (chapter 41) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Illusion (chapter 41)

from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2523

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 41, Illusion, the fifty-two year old Genji still in grief from the death of his beloved wife, Lady Murasaki, burns her letters.

The Second Month had come, and plum trees in bloom and in bud receded into a delicate mist. Catching the bird song of a warbler in the rose plum that had been Murasaki’s especial favorite, Genji went out to the veranda - "The warbler has come again. It does not know That the mistress of its tree is here no more."

This collection's print maintains its original explanation overlay (shown below) and matting.

Explanation Overlay for IHL Cat. #2523
click on image to enlarge

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 #2523
 Title or Description
Illusion 幻 Maboroshi
variously translated as Mirage, The Wizard, The Seer, Spirit Summoner
 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 (with mat and overlay): 10 3/16 x 13 3/4 in. (25.9 x 34.9 cm)
 (print only): 9 3/16 x 12 11/16 in. (23.5 x 32.5 cm)
 H x W Image 8 3/16 x 11 7/8 (20.8 x 30.2 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2009.1.14; 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:
6/22/2021 created