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The Red Plums (chapter 43) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Print

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The Red Plums (chapter 43) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2548

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 43, The Red Plums, it is the spring of Kaoru-no-Kimi’s 24th year. Azechi-no-Dainagon admires the red plum blossoms while listening to koto music played by his wife, Makibashira.

Source:  Genji gojūshijō 源氏五十四帖, published by Shin Kōbe Shinbunsha, 1974.
One day when the red plum blossoms were beautifully out in his garden, Dainagon made a present of a flower-laden twig to Niou-Hyōbukyō-no-Miya to whom he wanted to marry his second daughter. However, no favorable replay was received.

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 #2548
 Title or Description
The Red Plums 紅梅 (Kōbai)
variously translated as The Rose Plum; Red Plum Blossoms; Red Plum
 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 light toning; paper abrasion along right of bottom margin; thinning along top margin verso from removal from folder; brown spot (possibly foxing) below artist seal left bottom of image
 Genre genji-e
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 9 1/4 x 13 1/16 in. (23.5 x 33.2 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 2014.1.52; 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