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The Maidens (Otome) Chapter 21

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
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The Maidens (Otome) Chapter 21
The Maidens (Otome) Chapter 21
The Maidens (Otome) Chapter 21
The Maidens (Otome) Chapter 21
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16214
The Maidens (Otome) Chapter 21 from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
Two women and a young girl are shown relaxing and watching the carp from a bridge that connects with a private establishment. They appear to be customers at an elegant teahouse. A serving woman, modestly dressed in a black kimono, has brought out a plate of food to the women.
The youngest girl is depicted crouching by the bridge railing. She wears a blue and white floral kimono with a swirling red motif, and a large obi belt. Next to the girl, stands a woman wearing a grey and white checkerboard patterned kimono. This textile pattern would have been created using a woven dyed thread technique known as 'kasuri' (ikat). The woman in the foreground is also shown kneeling and she wears a red floral kimono with tie dyed (shibori) detail. All three women wear red bows in their hair.
The distant shore of the bay is visible in the background.
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)
1853
27.9 x 19.8 cm
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