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Title

Pictures of graceful figures of the east

circa 1852


Artist

Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III

Japan

1786 - 1865


About

'Momijigari', literally ‘hunting maple leaves’, is a seasonal amusement that dates back to the days of the Heian court, and was a popular subject in Japanese visual culture from classical times. In depicting his Genji-like figure wearing his topknot in an 'ebi chasen', accompanied by young women and being served by a beauty while enjoying the wondrous colour of autumn leaves, Kunisada references the chapter 'Momiji no ga' (Ch 7) of the 'Tale', in which Genji celebrates the former emperor’s birthday under the branches of autumn maple trees.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW.


Details


Other Title

(Maple viewing party)


Alternative title

Yasasugata Azuma no utsushi-e


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

circa 1852


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut; triptych


Dimensions

35.5 x 76.0 cm image ; 49.0 x 89.3 x 1.2 cm frame :

a - left sheet; 35.5 x 25 cm

b - centre sheet; 35.5 x 25.7 cm

c - right sheet; 35.5 x 25.7 cm


Signature & date

Signed [left sheet] c.l.[in cartouche], in Japanese, ink [incised on block], "Toyokuni ga [picture by Toyokuni]". Not dated. Signed [centre sheet], c.r.[in cartouche], in Japanese, ink [incised on block], "Toyokuni ga [picture by Toyokuni]". Not dated. Signed [right sheet], l.r., in Japanese, red ink [incised on block] "Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga [picture by Ichiyôsai Toyokuni] [and artist's seal]". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Margaret Olley 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

145.2000.a-c


Artist information

Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III

Works in the collection

49


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Gary Hickey, Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, 'Genji in the 'Floating World', pgs. 30-41., Sydney, 2008, 37 (colour illus.). fig.18.