Pictures of graceful figures of the east
Utagawa KUNISADA /TOYOKUNI III
1786 - 1865
'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.
(Maple viewing party)
Yasasugata Azuma no utsushi-e
Place where the work was made
colour woodcut; 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
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Dec 2008–15 Feb 2009
Referenced in 1 publication
Gary Hickey, Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, 'Genji in the 'Floating World', pgs. 30-41., Sydney, 2008, 37 (colour illus.). fig.18.