Toyokuni III Utagawa, Clam Digging, Purple of Hand-dyed Ashikaga Silk

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JG051708B-304
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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Toyokuni III Utagawa (1786-1864)
Title: From the Twelve Months: Third Month, Purple of hand-dyed Ashikaga Silk
Publisher: Yamadaya Shojiro
Date: 1858
Size: (L)24.3 x 35.9 (C)24 x 35.7 (R)24.1 x 38 cm
Condition: Wormholes restored, paper torn on the bottom of centre panel, minor creases.

Written in the 11th century by the noble woman Murasaki Shikibu, 'The Tale of Genji' shows the pastimes and customs of the imperial elite that are described in detail, giving readers an insight to the distinct court culture of the Heian period (794-1185).


In the Edo period (1603-1868), 'The Tale of Genji' was imagined and reimagined countless times. In both archaic and contemporary forms, the story had been relocated from the old capital of Kyoto to the new audience Edo. A key proponent to the reinvigoration of this classic tale was the extremely popular serialisation of Ryutei Tanehiko's (1783-1842) illustrated book False Murasaki and a Rural Genji, a loose adaptation that interwove contemporary culture to the original plot.

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Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Toyokuni III Utagawa (Kunisada I)
Title Third Month, Purple of hand-dyed Ashikaga Silk
Subject Male & Female, Kimono Design
Dimensions (L)24.3 x 35.9 (C)24 x 35.7 (R)24.1 x 38 cm
Condition Report Wormholes restored, paper torn on the bottom of centre panel, minor creases.