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Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III), Japanese, (1786–1864)
Tale of Genji: Ch. 13, Akashi, 1852
Ink on Paper
24.5 cm x 17.6 cm (9 5/8 in. x 6 15/16 in.)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2001.2.50

There is a text block printed in the upper right area of the print, with a signature in a red block. There is a signature printed in the center of the Four seals are printed in the lower center.

Colored ink woodblock print on off-white paper. Chuban tate-e.

Object Description
Late Edo period color woodblock print . Prince Genji looks across the bay of Akashi to an autumn moon rising above a seaside shrine. At Akashi, Genji had pursued the daughter of a retired governor of that province, and the young couple spent many evenings together playing the koto (a Japanese zither) and composing poems about the moon, like the one recorded in the large cartouche.


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