Miscellaneous Genji triptychs

 

The individual sheets of these triptychs are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ˘ban.á I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this section.

Kuniyoshi - Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei kwach˘fűgetsu, R147), wind  zz

Series: Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei kwach˘fűgetsu, 時世花鳥)

Robinson: 147

Title: Wind ()

Description: Prince Genji with 2 beauties in a windy garden

Date: c. 1848

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

Kuniyoshi - Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei kwach˘fűgetsu, R147), Wind, c

Series: Fashionable Quartet of Flower, Bird, Wind and Moon (Jisei kwach˘fűgetsu, 時世花鳥)

Robinson: 147

Title: Moon ()

Description: Prince Genji with beauties on a moonlit deck

Date: c. 1848

Publisher: Arita-ya Seiemon

Kuniyoshi - (Mitate gogy˘) Parodies on the five elements (which are earth, water, fire, wood and metal; each compared with an episode from the Tale of Genji), 1847-52,, pub

Title: Boating in the Chinese Style (Jukan Funa Asobi, 准漢舩遊び)

Description: Prince Genji watching from a balcony as two ladies are being rowed in a fantastic, ornate pleasure boat by young girls in Chinese costumes

Date: 1847-52

Publisher: Sumiyoshi-ya Masagor˘

Kuniyoshi - (Mitate gogy˘) Parodies on the five elements (which are earth, water, fire, wood and metal; each compared with an episode from the Tale of Genji), 1847-52,,  (Alt

Another state of the above triptych

Kuniyoshi - (polyptych, boat) 1848, SC135475

The existence of this polyptych makes it unclear whether the above states were originally larger compositions

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) Genji in an old temple (Nisemurasaki Inaka Genji), triptych, c

Series: None

Title: Up-to-date Teruuji in an Old Picture at an Old Temple (Imay˘ Teruuji furudera no kozu, 今様輝氏古寺之古圖)

Description: Prince Genji at an old temple, not a specific stage performance

Date: 1849-51

Publisher: Sawa-ya K˘kichi

Kuniyoshi - Moon, Snow, and Flowers (Getsusekka no uchi), Snow (Yuki), Pub

Series: Moon, Snow, and Flowers (月雪花之内, Getsusekka no uchi)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Snow (, Yuki)áá

Description:

Date: 1847-52

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Kinz˘

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) Genji Hotaru, catching fireflies on a summer's evening, 1848, pub

Title: Genji hotaru

Description: Catching fireflies on a summerĺs evening

Date: 1848

Publisher: Enshű-ya Hikobei

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Another state of the above design

Title: None

Description: Prince Genji and six beauties watching the antics of a performing monkey (saru-mawashi)

Date: c. 1850

Publisher: Izumi-ya Ichibei

Kuniyoshi - [Prince Genji on horseback], c

Title: Shunshoku hime hajime

Description: Prince Genji on horseback

Date: c. 1845-1847

Publisher: Ningyo-ya Takichi

Title: A Modern Version of Tales of Ise (Imay˘ Ise monogatari, 今様伊勢物かたり)

Description:

Date: 1847-1852

Publisher:

 

NOTE: This triptych is from The Tales of Ise (Ise monogatari, 伊勢物語), and not from The Tale of Genji.á However, like most Genji triptychs, it portrays a handsome well-dressed young man surrounded by beautiful women.

Kuniyoshi - Murasakiĺs Edo (Edo murasaki), Prince Genji washing his hands (centre) with two women in attendance

Title: Murasakiĺs Edo (Edo murasaki, 江戸むらさき)

Description: Prince Genji washing his hands (centre) with two women in attendance

Date: c. 1850

Publisher: Kazusa-ya Iwaz˘

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Title: None

Description: Prince Genji with attendants and falling cherry blossoms watching the shellfish gatherers on the shore at low tide

Date: 1849-1851 (censors Fuku and Muramatsu)

Publisher: Tsujioka-ya Bunsuke

Kuniyoshi - Prince Genji and his dog, between two courtesans, under blossoming cherry trees, 1854, pub

Title: None

Description: Prince Genji and his dog, between two courtesans, under blossoming cherry trees

Date: 8th month of 1854

Publisher: San-Tetsu

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) Archery by a court noble, watched by a young prince and court ladies, c

Title: None

Description: Young nobleman (possibly Genji) shooting an arrow at a target as archery practice, with kneeling woman in front of him and attendants watching

Date: 1847-1850 (censors Mera and Murata)

Publisher: Enshu-ya Matabei

Kuniyoshi - (triptych) Archery by a court noble, watched by a young prince and court ladies, c

Another state of the above design courtesy of Marc DeVriese

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And yet another state

KUNIYOSHI - (TRIPTYCH) w0000045(4)1854

Title:

Description: Genji with bow and arrows

Date: 4th month of 1854

Publisher: Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

Shitta+Taishi

Title: Eight Appearances of Shaka (Mantei oga kesaku)

Description: The wedding of Shitta Taishi (son of the Indian king Joban), to the Princess Kisaki (Yasadara-hime), attended by Lady Kudaya and Lady Iya (centre) (carrying his sword) and his mother Roshin Udai no nyobo (right)

Date: c. 1846-1848

Publisher: J˘shű-ya Jűz˘

 

NOTE: This triptych does not portray Prince Genji, but is similar to Genji triptychs in that is shows a well-dressed young nobleman with beautiful women.

Title:

Description:

Date: 11th month of 1855

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya T˘bei

 

NOTE: The gourd-shaped cartouche is the seal of the hori (, woodblock carver), Kane ().

Kuniyoshi - Genji triptycj, 11th month of 1855, Pub

Single sheet from an earlier state of the above design with a multicolored title cartouche

ôRobinsonö indicates listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

 

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