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Umegae (chapter 32) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Umegae (chapter 32) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2468

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 32, UmegaePrince Genji, on the right, at the age of 39 has arranged for special blended incense for the Crown Prince to judge in an incense competition. Faced with a difficult decision the Crown Prince says "I fear my judgement may be a bit smoky."

Source:  Genji gojūshijō 源氏五十四帖, published by Shin Kōbe Shinbunsha, 1974.
On the tenth of February, the plum-trees with red blossoms were at their best in the light rain. An incense competition took place with Hotaru-Hy
buky-no-Miya [the Crown Prince] presiding as judge. At the end, he gave his judgement which was as good as non-committal, and this aroused dissatisfaction and ill humour in mind of Prince Genji.

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 #2468
 Title or Description
Umagae 梅枝
variously translated as The Spray of Plum-Blossom, A Branch of Plum, The Plum Tree Branch, Plum Branch
 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 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 2010.1.52; 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:
5/7/2021 created