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Title

The twilight beauty (Chapter 4), from the series Playing cards of Murasaki Shikibu's Genji

1857


Artist

Utagawa KUNISADA II

Japan

1823 - 1880


About

Using the best quality papers, ink and gold leaf, 'Playing cards of Murasaki Shikibu’s Genji' is considered to be Utagawa Kunisada II’s most successful series. Evoking the Heian-period court game of shell matching, 'kai awase', each print in this series is identified by two shells, one of which bears the title and the other a 'Genji-mon', a crest corresponding to a chapter of the Tale.

In this series, Kunisada II relies heavily on the Genji images that his teacher and father-in-law, Kunisada, created for the illustrated book series 'Nise Murasaki inaka Genji', instead of merely transposing conventional iconography into a modern setting.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW.


Details


Other Title

Chapter 4 Evening faces


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1857


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodcut; ôban


Dimensions

32.9 x 23.2 cm image; 33.5 x 23.4 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.l., in Japanese, black ink "[Baichôrô Kunisada ga]".
Not dated.


Credit

Gift of G F Williams 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

425.2001.1


Artist information

Utagawa KUNISADA II

Works in the collection

9


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, 40 (colour illus.), 41 (colour illus.). fig. 21. The colour illus. on page 41 is a detail of this work.