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The Bluebell (Asagao) Chapter 20

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
The Bluebell (Asagao) Chapter 20
The Bluebell (Asagao) Chapter 20
The Bluebell (Asagao) Chapter 20
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The Bluebell (Asagao) Chapter 20 from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
A woman dressed in a pink kimono, seated on a floor cushion by a low table, reads from a scroll as she hands a short sword (wakizashi) to Mitsuuji (Genji). The sword has been wrapped in a golden edged ornate fabric. Mitsuuji wears a purple kimono that bears his crest of crossed cloves. Behind him there is a blue folding screen decorated with summer flowers and insects. Almost hidden behind the screen is a square based lamp stand with a pink shade.

This image derives from the serial novel or 'gokan', 'A Fake Murasaki and a Rustic Genji' (Nise Murasaki Inaka Genji) written by Ryutei Tanehiko and illustrated by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), that was published between 1829-1842. This story reworks elements from the 'Tale of Genji' and transposes the action from the Heian period (794-1185) to the time of the Muromachi era's Onin Wars (1467-1477).
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Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
27.9 x 19.8 cm
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