Catching Fireflies by the Uji River in Yamashiro Province, 1861 - Beautiful triptych showing Prince Genji and a party of beauties catching fireflies by the Uji River in Yamashiro Province. In the center a woman uses a round fan to knock the insects to the ground. Genji stands at right, smiling as he fans himself, an insect cage and net resting on the bench beside him. Three other beauties relax at left, one kneeling next to a cage dotted with glowing fireflies. A terrific night scene with the river spreading out behind the group, framed by the silhouettes of trees and grasses moving gently in the evening breeze. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. A classic Edo era subject jointly designed by Hiroshige II and Toyokuni III.
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, right panel backed with paper. Remnants of linen hinge mounts on reverse at corners. A couple small losses and holes, tears, most repaired. Toning, soiling, creasing. Please see photos for details.
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