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Thoroughwart Flowers (Fujibakama) Chapter 30

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
Thoroughwart Flowers (Fujibakama) Chapter 30
Thoroughwart Flowers (Fujibakama) Chapter 30
Thoroughwart Flowers (Fujibakama) Chapter 30
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Thoroughwart Flowers (Fujibakama) Chapter 30 from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
In this image, Mitsuuji (Genji) is shown dressed in a deep blue kimono decorated with irises. He is presenting a real iris flower to a young woman dressed in a red floral kimono who stands by his side. Mitsuuji kneels down next to the woman and is shown leaning back and turning away from her as he holds up the flower. Mitsuuji looks as though he is trying to placate the woman but in actuality he may be trying to peer behind the screen. Mitsuuji grasps the woman's long sleeve in his left hand. Behind them is a two-leaf screen decorated with an image of a hanging curtain and golden clouds. Half-hidden behind the screen there is a discarded kimono and a sword.
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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