Eastern Genji Performing the Ritual of Freeing Living Things, 1854

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Eastern Genji Performing the Ritual of Freeing Living Things, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Eastern Genji Performing the Ritual of Freeing Living Things, 1854

Comments - Terrific triptych of Prince Genji on a verandah, performing the ritual of freeing living things, a devout Buddhist practice. He sits on a cushion in the center, smiling at the beauty kneeling behind him and gesturing with his pipe towards the birds in flight. Sparrows flutter into the sky, released from the bamboo cage held by the woman at right. The girl behind her watches happily, waving an outstretched hand. At left, a courtesan peers around the edge of a reed blind, her freshly washed hair hanging loose over her shoulders. A beautiful design with a lovely view of the lake and garden beyond. Wonderful detail in the architectural setting, clothing, and elegant furnishing, with fine bokashi shading in the water and sky. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 29 1/4"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight remnants of hinge mounts on reverse at top corners. Slight thinning at corner, slight separation along fold at side of one panel, repaired. Please see photos for details.

Eastern Genji Performing the Ritual of Freeing Living Things, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Eastern Genji Performing the Ritual of Freeing Living Things, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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