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Utagawa Kunisada II, Japanese, (1823–1880)
Murasaki Shikibu's Genji Playing Cards: Ch. 23, Hatsune, c. 1860
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 9 5/16 in. (33.02 cm x 23.65 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2001.2.8


Commentary
As Murasaki looks on, Genji listens to his daughter, the Akashi Princess, read new year's greetings from the Akashi Lady. The letter had been sent attached to a pine bough decorated with baskets of candy. In the background, a plum tree blossoms in the south garden of Rokujo Mansion, where Genji housed his wife Murasaki. The Akashi Lady lived in quiet seclusion off the north garden of Rokujo.

Marks
There are two seals in the lower right, and three stamps in the upper left.

Medium
Color woodblock print; ink on paper; oban tat-e.

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock print, depicting a couple with their daughter enjoying early spring Plum tree blossoming in the garden, from "The Tale of Gemji."

As Murasaki looks on, Genji listens to his daughter, the Akashi Princess, read new year's greetings from the Akashi Lady. The letter had been sent attached to a pine bough decorated with baskets of candy. In the background, a plum tree blossoms in the south garden of Rokujo Mansion, where Genji housed his wife Murasaki. The Akashi Lady lived in quiet seclusion off the north garden of Rokujo.

Publisher
Tsutaya Kichizo.

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