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Suetsumu-hana (chapter 6) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Suetsumu-hama (chapter 6) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat# 2496

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 6, Suetsumu-hana, the eighteen year old Prince Genji sees Suetsumu-hana, a gifted koto player with an unattractive red nose, for the first time.

Source:  Genji gojūshijō 源氏五十四帖, published by Shin Kōbe Shinbunsha, 1974.
One snowy evening in winter, however, he called on her whom he had not seen for some time. Rejoicing over his visit, Suetsumu-hana did all she could to please the Prince. The next morning, he accompanied her to the verandah and saw her in the morning sunshine. Then, she turned out to be gaunt and tall, her looks pale, her forehead prominent, her nose aquiline with its drooping tip tinged red.... Prince Genji could not help thinking that once deserted by him, such a girl would find nobody else to look after her. Even after this, Prince Genji continued to give her a helping hand in point of her livelihood.

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 #2496
 Title or Description
Suetsumu-hama  末摘花 The Saffron-Flower
variously translated as The Safflower; The Safflower Princes
 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 5/8 x 12 3/16 in. (21.9 x 31 cm)
 H x W Image 8 5/16 x 11 15/16 in. (21.1 x 30.3 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2006.1.52, 2018.1.78; 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