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At the Pass (Sekiya) Chapter 16

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
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At the Pass (Sekiya) Chapter 16
At the Pass (Sekiya) Chapter 16
At the Pass (Sekiya) Chapter 16
At the Pass (Sekiya) Chapter 16
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16208
At the Pass (Sekiya) Chapter 16 from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
Mitsuuji (Genji) is shown crouching down beside a woman's simple palanquin. Within the palanquin there is fabric decorated with 'Genji mon', a design made from incense sticks that corresponds to a specific chapter in the 'Tale of Genji'. A black lacquer vanity case, also decorated with 'Genji mon', hangs from woven roof of the palanquin. Red maple leaves surround them indicating that the season is autumn.
The woman is shown standing with a raised sleeve to her mouth. Her kimono is blue and decorated with plovers. Mitsuuji's kimono is patterned with the same blue and red flower that appear on the clothing of the young girl pictured in the previous chapter's illustration (Yomogiu). Perhaps this girl is Mitsuuji's daughter.
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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