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The Oak Tree, Chapter 36 (Kashiwagi)

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
The Oak Tree, Chapter 36 (Kashiwagi)
The Oak Tree, Chapter 36 (Kashiwagi)
The Oak Tree, Chapter 36 (Kashiwagi)
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The Oak Tree, Chapter 36 (Kashiwagi) from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
In this print Mitsuuji (Genji) is depicted pulling a hidden note out from under a cushion. He is dressed in a purple kimono decorated with a band of flowers and red Chinese seals. His crest, which represents the auspicious 'crossed cloves', appears on his lapels and sleeves. He is holding a red circular fan and beside him stands a low screen decorated with red maple leaves and a river (River Tatsuta). A larger panelled folding screen, to the left, incorporates paintings of peonies and cherry blossom. In the adjoining room two women are using black and gold floral decorated lacquerware to prepare a bowl of warmed liquid. One of the women is dressed in a red kimono with a cherry blossom design and wears a garland of blue flowers in her hair. Beyond the room, through the open sliding doors, a veranda (engawa) with potted plants and an ornamental pond are visible.

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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