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Spring Shoots 1, Chapter 34 (Wakana 1)

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
Spring Shoots 1, Chapter 34 (Wakana 1)
Spring Shoots 1, Chapter 34 (Wakana 1)
Spring Shoots 1, Chapter 34 (Wakana 1)
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Spring Shoots 1, Chapter 34 (Wakana 1) from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
In this image two fashionably dressed women are shown walking in the snow. Both of the women wear many layers of kimono to keep warm and raised wooden clogs (geta) on their feet. One of the women wears blue flowers in her hair that has been elaborately styled with long hair pins (kogai). She wears a red floral patterned kimono with a blue obi belt that has been casually tied at her side. The woman to her left, dressed in a black kimono decorated with a 'crow gourd' flower motif, hands her companion some spring greens to be added to those already in a woven basket. The stone temple lantern to their left suggests that this scene takes place in a garden.

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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