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Masao Ebina, Japanese, (active 1913–1980)
Tale of Genji: Ch. 3, Utsusemi, c. 1955
Ink, colors, silver and gold on paper
8 7/16 x 11 7/8 in. (21 x 30 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Showa (Japan, 1926-1989)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2018.1.75

Alternate Title: Genji monogatari: Ch. 3, Utsusemi

Genji Monogatari (The Tale of Genji), Ch. 3, "Utsusemi": Prince Genji's lover Lady Utsusemi ,(on the left), is playing the game, "Go," with Nokiba-no-ogi. The "Tale of Genji" is a literary masterpiece, which tells of the intrigue and human drama in the ancient Heian court. This work inspired countless literary works and artworks in subsequent generations.


The work bears the artist's seal, "Masao."

Ink, gold, and silver-colored metallic pigments on paper

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