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New Wisteria Leaves, Chapter 33 (Fuji no Uraba)

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
New Wisteria Leaves, Chapter 33 (Fuji no Uraba)
New Wisteria Leaves, Chapter 33 (Fuji no Uraba)
New Wisteria Leaves, Chapter 33 (Fuji no Uraba)
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New Wisteria Leaves, Chapter 33 (Fuji no Uraba) from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
In this print, a young woman seated on a balcony, gazes down at Mitsuuji (Genji) who is stood beneath a tree covered with flowering wisteria. The woman is fashionably dressed in a red patterned kimono and wears her hair in an elaborate and decorative style. Mitsuuji is shown elegantly dressed in a purple floral patterned kimono and checkerboard patterned trousers (hakama). His clothing is layered and the fabric appears quite stiff. The hilts of his two samurai swords are visible at his waist and in one hand he holds a red folding fan. Mitsuuji's hair has been bound with a purple cord in a lobster tail topknot. This image probably depicts a scene of courtship.

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).
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Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
27.9 x 19.8 cm
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