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TSUTSUI Toshimine, Japanese, (1863–c.1934)
The American Woman (kuchi-e), c. 1900
Ink on Paper
8 5/8 in. x 11 1/4 in. (21.91 cm x 28.58 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2003.1.98


Commentary
The backing is attached to a sheet of tissue paper with text relating to the image, in both English and Japanese.

Marks
Red seal in the lower left; genji seal and signature in the upper right.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock print.

Object Description
An image from The Tale of Genji, with Genji and Murasaki in a dragon boat (a pleasure boat), sailing by another dragon boat on the lake. The image refers to the twenty-fourth chapter of the story, called "Butterfly."

"One day in late March the garden of Murasaki-no-Uye was filled with the flowers of springtime and the song of small birds. On the lake floated a pleasure boat of Chinese fashion in which were found young lady's maids and musicians of the Court Music Department. Sweet music was being played without a break."

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