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Hatsune by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print

Series; The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji - Considered by some as the first novel ever written, "The Tale of Genji" is one of the greatest works of Japanese literature. Written by the noblewoman Lady Murasaki Shikubu in the early 11th century during the Heian era, "The Tale of Genji" tells the story of Prince Genji, recounting his life, loves, and the aristocratic world around him in fifty-four chapters. Lady Murasaki's tale of courtly life remains a classic of literature today.

Hatsune - Charming illustration of the "Hatsune" (New Year's Chirping of the Nightingale) chapter from the famous tale of Genji. The young nobleman looks out a window, conversing with a young beauty who kneels outside at a low writing table. She smiles up at him, her brush in hand and poem slips and paper laid out before her. Genji wears a beautiful black kimono patterned with herons. A bridge cage hangs at upper left, and a blossoming plum tree can be seen through the far window of the interior. Beautifully detailed.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Creasing, a few small repairs and stains. Please see photos for details.

Hatsune by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Hatsune by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)