Kunisada II, The Tale of Genji, Chapter 33, Fuji no Uraha


Artist: Kunisada II Utagawa (1823-1880)
Title: Chapter 33, Fuji no Uraha
Series: The Tale of Genji 54 Chapters
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo
Date: 1850-1899
Dimensions: 24.0 x 36.1 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print. 

The Tale of Genji is Japan's most famous epic novel written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu (c. 973 –1031). Written in the eleventh century, the pastimes and customs of the imperial elite are described in detail, giving readers an insight into the distinct court culture of the Heian period (794-1185). These meetings allowed factions within the court to engage in healthy competition and often gave way to banqueting and revelry.


In 'The Tale of Genji 54 Chapters' series, Kunisada II presents all fifty-four chapters of The Tale of Genji through one image. This image is the thirty-third chapter known as New Wisteria Leaves. While occupying himself with writing, Prince Genji exchanges looks with the court lady dressed in elaborately patterned kimono. The noblewoman carries a vase of Wisteria flowers which matches the poem enclosed in the fan-shaped form with the same motif. The background, although left blank, is ornamented with elegant, floating-like embossing (karazuri).


Toyokuni IV Utagawa (Kunisada II) (1823 - 1880)

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Print FormatOban (Vertical)
ArtistToyokuni IV Utagawa (Kunisada II) (1823 - 1880)
SubjectBeauty & Female, Male & Female, Kimono Design, Flowers & Botanical
Size24.0 x 36.1 cm
Condition ReportSlightly trimmed, right margin backed, some stains and spots.
publisherTsutaya Kichizo:1820-1890