Kuniyoshi Utagawa, The Tale of Genji, Archery Practice

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Artists: Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1798-1861)
Title: Archery Practice from the Tales of Genji
Publisher: Enshuya Matabei
Date: 1847-1852
Condition: Trimmed. Corner torn. Vertical folds due to the previous binding. Faint ink transfer on centre pane. Some minor wormholes.
Dimensions: (L) 25.3 x 35 (C) 25.3 x 34.9 (R) 25.2 x 34.9 cm

Enjoying the warmer clime of Japan's summer months, noblemen and women gather outside to watch and partake in an archery competition. A female attendant close to the target scores the shot of a young man. The left of the scene shows an elaborately dressed prince surrounded by attendants, a rich brocade of patterned robes and cloth. The road towards the target is cleverly cordoned off with crested barriers leading the eye to the target through the open road. Archery meetings near the Rokujo mansion are mentioned several times in Lady Murasaki Shikubu's (c. 973-1031) novel The Tale of Genji. Written in the eleventh century, the pastimes and customs of the imperial elite are described in detail, giving readers an insight to 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.

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Artist Name Kuniyoshi Utagawa
Title Archery Practice from the Tales of Genji
Subject Beauty & Female, Samurai & Male, Male & Female
Condition Report Trimmed. Corner torn. Vertical folds due to the previous binding. Faint ink transfer on centre pane. Some minor wormholes.
Dimensions (L) 25.3 x 35 cm (C) 25.3 x 34.9 cm (R) 25.2 x 34.9 cm
Publisher Enshuya Matabei