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Title

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

1857

Artist

Utagawa Utagawa Kunisada II

Japan

1823 - 1880

  • Details

    Other Title
    Chapter 4 Evening faces
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1857
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Utagawa Utagawa Kunisada II

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • 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.

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