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Fuji-uraba (chapter 33) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Fuji-uraba (chapter 33) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2495

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 33, Fuji-uraba (Leaves of Wisteria), set in Prince Genji's 39th year, Yūgiri and Kumoi-no-kari are embracing with tears of joy at being allowed to marry. 

Source:  Genji gojūshijō 源氏五十四帖, published by Shin Kōbe Shinbunsha, 1974.
With the approach of Akashino-Himegimi's entry into the Court, Yūgiri was kept busy in preparing for the event. Nevertheless, he could hardly control himself in his mad desire for Kumoi-no-kari. For her part, Kumoi-no-kari was almost blind with her love toward him. The bond of affection between the two seemed unbreakable.

Around the first of April, the wisteria flowers were out in the garden of the Lord Keeper. He held a flower-viewing party. Receiving an invitation, Yūgiri was pleased to be present. When the banquet reached its height, the Lord Keeper gave Yūgiri a willing permission to marry his daughter. That night, led by his cousin Kashiwagi, Yūgiri visited Kumoi-no-kari at her room. The love affair of some years standing thus came to a successful fruition.

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 #2495
 Title or Description
Leaves of Wisteria 藤裏葉 Fuji-uraba (Fuji no Uraba)
variously translated as Wisteria Leaves; New Wisteria Leaves; Shoots of Wisteria Leaves
 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 13/16 x 12 7/16 in. (22.4 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 2008.1.70; 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:
5/30/2021 created