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Spring Shoots 2, Chapter 35 (Wakana 2)

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1853, Wood cut
Spring Shoots 2, Chapter 35 (Wakana 2)
Spring Shoots 2, Chapter 35 (Wakana 2)
Spring Shoots 2, Chapter 35 (Wakana 2)
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Spring Shoots 2, Chapter 35 (Wakana 2) from the series "A Modern Collection of Genji in Colour Prints" ("Ima Genji nishiki-e awase")
Two figures are depicted kneeling in an elegantly decorated Japanese room. A woman dressed in a red floral kimono and pale blue under kimono adjusts the candle in a freestanding lamp. Her hair is elaborately decorated with a garland of blue flowers. A black and white cat wearing a collar decorated with bells sits watching the woman. In front of the woman is a samurai dressed in a purple floral kimono. In the background there is a screen clothes stand draped with an obi belt. Also visible is a sideboard with a sliding door that has been painted with a bamboo design.

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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