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The Morning Glories

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Utagawa Kunisada II, Japanese, (1823–1880)
The Morning Glories, c. 1850
Ink on Paper
14 1/16 in. x 28 3/8 in. (35.72 cm x 72.07 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: 2005.1.25


Edition
Fine colors. Superb early edition impression with gauffrage.

Marks
Signed Ichiyosai Toyokuni on the center sheet. Signed Kochoro Toyokuni on the left and right sheets.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock print; oban triptych.

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock triptych depicting a bijin with long black free flowing hair standing at a gate holding out an uchiwa, on top of which lie 5 morning glories, which she presents as a greeting to the handsome young Prince Genji. Genji waits outside his palanquin while his attendants receive a message written on a fan from Yugao (on the right).

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