Tale of Genji: Ch. 24, Kocho, 1960
Ink on Paper
9 3/8 in. x 13 in. (23.88 cm x 33.02 cm)
Very good impression.
Colored ink woodblock print on off-white paper (oban tate-e).
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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