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Tamakatsura (chapter 22) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Tamakatsura (chapter 22)

from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2518

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 22, Tamakatsura, Tamakatsura with her wet-nurse, her son and youngest daughter leave for Kyoto to escape the attentions of Taifu-no-Gen.

Source:  Genji gojūshijō 源氏五十四帖, published by Shin Kōbe Shinbunsha, 1974.
Living in a rural province of Kyushu Island, Tamakatsura grew into a great beauty. One day, Taifu-no-Gen, a samurai of Higo Province, proposed to her, but not wishing to accept, it was decided she should flee to the capital, Kyoto. 

In the capital Tamakatsura's has a joyous reunion with her former maid servant Ukon and will be invited to live in Genji's home.

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

Explanation Overlay for IHL Cat. #2518

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 #2518
 Title or Description
玉鬘 Tamakatsura
variously translated as The Jewelled Chaptlet, The Tendril Wreath, A Lovely Garland
 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 13/16 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 2009.1.4; 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:
6/21/2021 created