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Utagawa Kunisada II

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Utagawa Kunisada II, Japanese, (1823–1880)
Murasaki Shikibu's Genji Playing Cards: Ch. 35, Wakana Ge, 1857
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 9 1/4 in. (33.02 cm x 23.5 cm)

Object Type: print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2003.1.24

Alternate Title: Murasaki Shikibu Genji Karuta: Ch. 35, Wakana Ge

Fine impression with lacquer and gauffrage.

Genji seal and oval with an inscription in the upper right. Two seals and two text banners in the lower left.

Colored ink woodblock on off-white paper (oban tate-e).

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock print of a masked man with a lantern ambushing a bijin in a lacquer decorated "kago" in the rain. This fine series by Kunisada II highlighted the talents of the artist. In the rare first edition printings (like this) with lacquer and blind printing, they mark a high-spot in Japanese print production in the 1850's.

Tsutaya Kichizo.

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