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The Plum Tree Branch, Chapter 32 (Umegae)

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
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The Plum Tree Branch, Chapter 32 (Umegae)
The Plum Tree Branch, Chapter 32 (Umegae)
The Plum Tree Branch, Chapter 32 (Umegae)
The Plum Tree Branch, Chapter 32 (Umegae)
Library Item
16226
The Plum Tree Branch, Chapter 32 (Umegae), from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
In this image two characters are depicted in a Japanese tea garden. A woman in a red kimono decorated with motifs representing the 'three winter friends' (pine, bamboo and plum) stands upon a stone pathway close to a small stream. To the woman's left is a stone lantern. She is holding up a branch of plum blossom to which a small pouch has been tied. The woman's obi belt has been elaborately tied behind her and she wears a red flower in her hair and wooden clogs (geta) on her feet. On the other side of the stream a samurai, Mitsuuji (?) (Genji), digs in the soil for herbs with a garden tool and holds a small medicine bottle in one hand. He wears a purple kimono with blue and purple striped trousers (hakama). The season is winter/early spring.

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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