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Sekiya (Chapter 16) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sekiya (chapter 16) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2470

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 16, SekiyaPrince Genji (his carriage in the foreground), now 28 years old, passes his former lover Utsusemi (her carriage among the maples) at the barrier of Mount Ōsaka on his way to Ishiayama-dera Temple.

Source:  Genji gojūshijō 源氏五十四帖, published by Shin Kōbe Shinbunsha, 1974.
In solemn splendour, the party of the Vice Governor of Hitachi was parading along the mountain-path lined with gorgeous-tinted trees of the Autumn. At the sight of this parade, Genji knew that his old sweetheart was coming back from afar. In his heart surged a secret yearning for Utsusemi. 

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 #2470
 Title or Description
Sekiya 関屋
variously translated as A Meeting at the Frontier, The Gatehouse, At the Pass, The Barrier Gate, A Barrier-Keeper's House
 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 - paper wrinkling
 Genre genji-e
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 8 7/8 x 12 7/16 in. (22.5 x 31.6 cm)
 H x W Image 8 7/16 x 12 1/16 in. (21.3 x 30.6 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2010.1.25; 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:
5/7/2021 created