Miscellaneous Genji triptychs

 

The individual sheets of these triptychs are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this section.

 

Kuniyoshi - Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei kwach˘fűgetsu, R147), wind  zz

Series: Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei kach˘ fűgetsu, 時世花鳥)

Robinson: 147

Title: Wind (kaze, )

Description: Prince Genji with 2 beauties in a windy garden

Date: c. 1849 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

Kuniyoshi - Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei kwach˘fűgetsu, R147), Wind, c

Series: Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei kach˘ fűgetsu, 時世花鳥風月)

Robinson: 147

Title: Moon (tsuki, )

Description: Prince Genji with beauties on a moonlit deck

Date: c. 1849 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

Series: Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei kach˘ fűgetsu, 時世花鳥風月)

Robinson: 147

Title: Flowers (hana, )

Description: Three women by a stream under a flowering tree

Date: c. 1849 (censors Hama and Magome)

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

 

NOTE: The series Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei kach˘ fűgetsu, 時世花鳥) consists of four triptychs―two by Kuniyoshi and two by Kunisada (Toyokuni III).á Only the two prints by Kuniyoshi include Prince Genji.á I am grateful to Paul Steier for this triptych by Kunisada.

Series: Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei Jisei kach˘ fűgetsu, 時世花鳥風月)

Robinson: 147

Title: Birds (tori, )

Description: Three women on a balcony with the sea beyond

Date: 1849 (censors Kinugasa and Yoshimura)

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

 

NOTE: The series Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei kach˘ fűgetsu, 時世花鳥) consists of four triptychs―two by Kuniyoshi and two by Kunisada (Toyokuni III).á Only the two prints by Kuniyoshi include Prince Genji.á I am grateful to Paul Steier for this triptych by Kunisada.

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) Genji in an old temple (Nisemurasaki Inaka Genji), triptych, c

Series: None

Title: Up-to-date Teruuji in an Old Picture at an Old Temple (Imay˘ Teruuji furudera no kozu, 今様輝氏古寺之古圖)

Description: Prince Genji at an old temple, not a specific stage performance

Date: 1849-51

Publisher: Sawa-ya K˘kichi

Kuniyoshi - Moon, Snow, and Flowers (Getsusekka no uchi), Snow (Yuki), Pub

Series: Moon, Snow, and Flowers (月雪花之内, Getsusekka no uchi)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Snow (, Yuki)áá

Description:

Date: 1847-52

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Kuniyoshi - (triptych)  six bijin & Genji, watching the antics of a performing monkey, c

Title: None

Description: Prince Genji and six beauties watching the antics of a performing monkey (saru-mawashi)

Date: 1851 (censors Mera and Watanabe)

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Kuniyoshi - [Prince Genji on horseback], c

Title: Shunshoku hime hajime

Description: Prince Genji on horseback

Date: c. 1845-1847

Publisher: Ningyo-ya Takichi

Title: A Modern Version of Tales of Ise (Imay˘ Ise monogatari, 今様伊勢物かたり)

Description:

Date: 1849 (censors Kinugasa and Yoshimura)

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

 

NOTE: This triptych is from The Tales of Ise (Ise monogatari, 伊勢物語), and not from The Tale of Genji.á However, like most Genji triptychs, it portrays a handsome well-dressed young man surrounded by beautiful women.

Kuniyoshi - Murasakiĺs Edo (Edo murasaki), Prince Genji washing his hands (centre) with two women in attendance

Title: Murasakiĺs Edo (Edo murasaki, 江戸むらさき)

Description: Prince Genji washing his hands (centre) with two women in attendance

Date: c. 1850

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

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Title: None

Description: Prince Genji with attendants and falling cherry blossoms watching the shellfish gatherers on the shore at low tide

Date: 1849-1851 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

Kuniyoshi - Prince Genji and his dog, between two courtesans, under blossoming cherry trees, 1854, pub

Title: None

Description: Prince Genji and his dog, between two courtesans, under blossoming cherry trees

Date: 8th month of 1854

Publisher: San-Tetsu

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) Archery by a court noble, watched by a young prince and court ladies, c

Title: None

Description: Young nobleman (possibly Genji) shooting an arrow at a target as archery practice, with kneeling woman in front of him and attendants watching

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Enshu-ya Matabei

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) Archery by a court noble, watched by a young prince and court ladies, c

Another state of the above design courtesy of Marc DeVriese

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And yet another state

KUNIYOSHI - (TRIPTYCH) w0000045(4)1854

Title:

Description: Genji with bow and arrows

Date: 4th month of 1854

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Shitta+Taishi

Title: Eight Appearances of Shaka (Mantei oga kesaku)

Description: The wedding of Shitta Taishi (son of the Indian king Joban), to the Princess Kisaki (Yasadara-hime), attended by Lady Kudaya and Lady Iya (centre) (carrying his sword) and his mother Roshin Udai no nyobo (right)

Date: c. 1846-1848

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

 

NOTE: This triptych does not portray Prince Genji, but is similar to Genji triptychs in that is shows a well-dressed young nobleman with beautiful women.

Title: The Popular Harmonies of Spring (春人気和意)

Description: Prince Genji with three women on a balcony

Date: 11th month of 1855

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

NOTE: The gourd-shaped cartouche is the seal of the hori (, woodblock carver), Kane ().á I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

Another state of the above design

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Title:

Description: Genji on horseback with women and dog chasing birds

Date: 1847-1848 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensabur˘

Title: Boating in the Chinese Style (准漢舩遊び, Jukan Funa Asobi)

Description: Prince Genji watching women in a boat

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagor˘

 

 

ôRobinsonö indicates listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

 

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