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Masao Ebina, Japanese, (active 1913–1980)
Tale of Genji: Ch. 25, Hotaru, c. 1950's
Ink on Paper
8 3/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (21.27 cm x 29.53 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: 2006.1.25


Alternate Title: Imayo Nazorae Genji: Ch. 25, Hotaru

Commentary
Text overlay with print.

Edition
Excellent impression, first edition printing.

Marks
Artist's seal.

Medium
Colored ink and silver pigment on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Contemporary woodblock print depicting Tamakazura holding a fan: "Genji Ko" for chapter 25. Prince Genji wanted to be the go-between for his younger brother who was in love with Lady Tamakazura. Genji released large numbers of fireflies so that his brother could see the lady. The chapter summary is printed in English and Japanese on a tissue overlay.

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