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Heart-to-Heart (Aoi) Chapter 9

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
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Heart-to-Heart (Aoi) Chapter 9
Heart-to-Heart (Aoi) Chapter 9
Heart-to-Heart (Aoi) Chapter 9
Heart-to-Heart (Aoi) Chapter 9
Library Item
Heart-to-Heart (Aoi) Chapter 9 from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
A high-ranking courtesan wearing an array of elaborate spiky hairpins stands beside a 'kago' or palanquin. Inside the palanquin a seated woman modestly hides her face behind a pink fan. The courtesan or 'oiran' wears an erotic red outer kimono and is shown adjusting her obi belt. In the background a row of men's faces can be seen peering from behind the ridge of a hill.

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).
Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
27.9 x 19.8 cm
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