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The Seer, Chapter 41 (Maboroshi)

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
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The Seer, Chapter 41 (Maboroshi)
The Seer, Chapter 41 (Maboroshi)
The Seer, Chapter 41 (Maboroshi)
The Seer, Chapter 41 (Maboroshi)
Library Item
16236
The Seer, Chapter 41 (Maboroshi) from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
Mitsuuji (Genji) is depicted standing within an ornately decorated room holding a rosary in one hand as he looks upwards towards the moon. The flight of geese passing in front of a full moon is emblematic of autumn. Mitsuuji is dressed in a purple kimono with a chequerboard pattern. His sword is visible at his waist and his hair has been tied back in a lobster tail topknot. To his side kneels a woman in a red kimono decorated with a kasuri (ikat) pattern. The folds of her blue obi belt are visible behind her. She holds a small square tray upon which sits a ceramic blue and white cup. The woman's hair is unornamented and simply styled. To Mitsuuji's left there is a black and gold lacquer cupboard and stand, a golden vase containing flowers, a floor cushion and a standing screen. This area appears to be a space prepared for Mitsuuji to conduct his private devotions. Behind the two figures the sliding wall panel has been opened to reveal a bamboo trellis and a wooden walkway or engawa.

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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