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The Eastern Cottage, Chapter 50 (Azumaya)

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
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The Eastern Cottage, Chapter 50 (Azumaya)
The Eastern Cottage, Chapter 50 (Azumaya)
The Eastern Cottage, Chapter 50 (Azumaya)
The Eastern Cottage, Chapter 50 (Azumaya)
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The Eastern Cottage, Chapter 50 (Azumaya) from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
This print depicts a man in a purple kimono positioned by a gate. The man is shown raising his woven straw hat. His kimono is patterned with a floral design and at his waist he wears a samurai sword. He has wrapped a red cape around his shoulders and on his feet he wears heavy wooden clogs (geta). Behind the gate, a woman stands holding a parasol. She wears red ribbons and ornaments in her hair, a red kimono and a green patterned obi belt. The gate and the brushwood fence form a barrier that separates the two figures. This may be an illicit meeting.

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
Art and Design Library
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