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Trefoil Knots, Chapter 47 (Agemaki)

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
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Trefoil Knots, Chapter 47 (Agemaki)
Trefoil Knots, Chapter 47 (Agemaki)
Trefoil Knots, Chapter 47 (Agemaki)
Trefoil Knots, Chapter 47 (Agemaki)
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Trefoil Knots, Chapter 47 (Agemaki) from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
Mitsuuji (Genji) is depicted crossing a raised wooden walkway, accompanied by a woman and a young girl who hold branches of cherry blossom. Mitsuuji is elegantly dressed in an ornate purple and black outer kimono. The fabric is patterened with a golden undulating linear design punctuated with flower heads. His samurai sword is visible at his waist. The young girl, who leads the way across the bridge, wears a long sleeved red kimono with a floral design. Her hair is also decorated with a floral headdress. The woman at the rear wears her hair in a modest style. Her kimono is decorated with 'Genji ko', one of the many linear designs constructed from incense sticks that is used to refer to particular chapters in Murasaki Shikibu's 'Tale of Genji'. Her olive green obi belt is tied behind her. Surrounding the walk way are clouds of cherry blossom. Lanterns hang down from the ceiling of the covered walkway.

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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