(Japan 1786 – 1865)
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
'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.
Gary Hickey, Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, 'Genji in the 'Floating World', pgs. 30-41., Sydney, 2008, 37 (colour illus.). fig.18.
Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Dec 2008–15 Feb 2009