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Pictures of graceful figures of the east

circa 1852


Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III


1786 – 1865

  • Details

    Other Title
    (Maple viewing party)
    Alternative title
    Yasasugata Azuma no utsushi-e
    Place where the work was made
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    circa 1852
    Media category
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, triptych
    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.

    Gift of Margaret Olley 2000
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III

    Works in the collection


  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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