Cherry Blossoms at Genji's Rokujo Mansion, 1854

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874)

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Cherry Blossoms at Genji's Rokujo Mansion, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874) Japanese Woodblock Print
Cherry Blossoms at Genji's Rokujo Mansion, 1854

Comments - Beautiful spring scene from the "Wakana" chapter of the famous "Tale of Genji," which takes place at Genji's Rokujo mansion. At right, Genji's wife, the Third Princess, stands on a verandah overlooking a lovely garden filled with blossoming cherry trees. The beauty was supposed to stay hidden in her private quarters, but she has followed her curious kitten outside. She smiles shyly, holding her kimono sleeve to her mouth as she looks down at the young nobleman Kashiwagi, who is playing a game of football with two companions. He frowns unhappily as he spies the princess, seeing her just long enough to fall madly in love with her. She wears an elegant kimono patterned with large flowers, and her cat has a red bow and a bell around its neck. Wonderful embossed detail on the white kimono trim, and faint embossing on the cat's fur. A lovely subject.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 29 1/4" + margin as shown

Condition - Good detail. Slight thinning along vertical folds at sides, a couple holes, repaired. A few creases.

Cherry Blossoms at Genji's Rokujo Mansion, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874)
Cherry Blossoms at Genji's Rokujo Mansion, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) and Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874)

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