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The Maiden of the Bridge, Chapter 45 (Hashihime)

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
The Maiden of the Bridge, Chapter 45 (Hashihime)
The Maiden of the Bridge, Chapter 45 (Hashihime)
The Maiden of the Bridge, Chapter 45 (Hashihime)
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The Maiden of the Bridge, Chapter 45 (Hashihime) Chapter 45 from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
A young male figure stands in the foreground holding an open fan in one hand. At his waist he wears a sword indicating that he is of samurai class. He wears a blue kimono decorated with blossom and a pair of trousers (hakama) with a kasuri chequered pattern. Behind him two women are seated with their instruments upon a balcony under a full moon. A woman in a purple kimono is positioned next to a koto (Japanese zither) and her companion in the red long sleeved kimono is holding a biwa (Japanese mandolin). This second woman is depicted pointing to the sky with her plectrum. Her red kimono is decorated with a floral pattern. On the floor in front of the women there is a small cup, a dish of food and a long handled kettle placed upon two cushions. The sliding doors of the villa have been drawn back to reveal a view of the sea. The women are probably enjoying a private moon viewing party.

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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