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Perpetual Summer (chapter 26) vfrom the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Perpetual Summer (chapter 26) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2553

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 26, Perpetual Summer, it is June of Prince Genji’s 36th year and Kumoi-no-kari is napping. 

Source:  Genji gojūshijō 源氏五十四帖, published by Shin Kōbe Shinbunsha, 1974.

The Lord Keeper went to see how his daughter, Kaumoi-no-kari,was getting along. She was taking a nap in her room. Through her thin summerdress, her fine skin could be seen. With a folding fan in her hand, she waslying resting her head on her arm. Her black hair was not too long and had adelicacy in itself. The Lord Keeper clicked his folding fan. She awoke at thesound, and directed her enraptured eyes upward. Her face which had blushed withshame seemed beautiful to her father. The Lord Keeper suggested that it was badmanners for a girl to take a nap with her skin visible to others.

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 #2553
 Title or Description
Perpetual Summer 常夏 (Tokonatsu)
also seen translated as A Bed of Carnations; Wild Carnation; The Pink; Wild Pinks
 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 thinning top margin verso from removal from folder; minor soiling
 Genre genji-e
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 9 5/16 x 13 in. (23.7 x 33 cm)
 H x W Image 8 1/4 x 12 in. (21 x 30.5 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2009.1.6; 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