The Yugao Chapter from the Tale of Genji, 1854

by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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The Yugao Chapter from the Tale of Genji, 1854 by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Yugao Chapter from the Tale of Genji, 1854

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The Yugao Chapter from the Tale of Genji, 1854 - Handsome illustration of the "Yugao" chapter of the famous "Tale of Genji." While on his way to visit his mistress Lady Rokujo, the young prince admires the beautiful flowers called "yugao" at a beauty's home. He arranges a secret meeting with the woman who lives there, who is also called Yugao, taking her to a deserted hide-away for a tryst. While there, they are haunted by the jealous spirit of Lady Rokujo, shown peering around the doorway and holding a horned mask of a jealous woman. Genji and Yugao are as yet unaware of her presence, the pair pausing outside the entrance to the once-elegant palace. The nobleman smiles happily as he crouches beside the beauty, who uses a straw mat as a raincoat. Grass grows up through the paving stones of the courtyard, with a stone lantern collapsed onto the ground. A servant can be seen carrying a lantern through an arched window at right, the walls cracked and riddled with holes. An intriguing image of this classic scene, with a wonderfully detailed and atmospheric setting.

Artist - Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 19 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Good detail. A few small repairs, folds, light creasing throughout.

The Yugao Chapter from the Tale of Genji, 1854 by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
The Yugao Chapter from the Tale of Genji, 1854 by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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