- Place where the work was made
- Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
- Media category
- Materials used
- woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
- 32.6 x 23.2 cm image; 32.9 x 23.6 cm sheet
- Signature & date
Signed l.r., in Japanese, black ink "[Baichôrô Kunisada ga]".
- Gift of G F Williams 1995
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Utagawa Utagawa Kunisada II
Works in the collection
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.
Where the work was made
Referenced in 1 publication
Khanh Trinh, Look, 'Genji: the world of the Shining Prince', pg. 28-31, Sydney, Nov 2008, 30 (colour illus.).
Other works by Utagawa Utagawa Kunisada II
Congratulatory announcement at the Nakamura theatre, showing the troupe of actors seated on the stage Utagawa Utagawa Kunisada II late 1870s? 280.2005.1
Night scene: two men, one holding an umbrella, confront each other beneath a large tree as a woman standing by a palanquin looks on Utagawa Utagawa Kunisada II 1865 280.2005.13
Snowy scene in front of large house, 3 men and 3 women Utagawa Utagawa Kunisada II 1864? 280.2005.22
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