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The Picture Contest (Eawase) Chapter 17

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
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The Picture Contest (Eawase) Chapter 17
The Picture Contest (Eawase) Chapter 17
The Picture Contest (Eawase) Chapter 17
The Picture Contest (Eawase) Chapter 17
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The Picture Contest (Eawase) Chapter 17 from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
A young girl with an elaborate floral headdress, dressed in a red kimono, is shown seated and reading from an illustrated book. Two volumes lie on the floor in front of her. Next to her is a large black lacquer chest decorated with a golden floral decoration. Mitsuuji (Genji) rests one arm upon the chest and leans towards the young girl. Mitsuuji wears a pink kimono patterned with crossed cloves and flowers. Behind them stands a wooden cupboard, also bearing a floral design. One of the cupboard's doors is open and reveals a stack of rolled picture scrolls. To the left stands a screen designed with a cutaway cloud shaped pattern.

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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