Artist: Utagawa Kunisada II (二代歌川国貞)

Print: No. 24 (廿四), Kochō (胡蝶), from the series Lady Murasaki's Genji Cards (Murasaki Shikibu Genji karuta - 紫式部げんじかるた)

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Dates: 1857,created
Dimensions: 9.625 in,14.375 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Baichōrō Kunisada ga
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizō
(Marks 556 - seal 03-004)
Censor's seal: aratame
Date: 10/1857

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Tokyo Metropolitan Library; National Diet Library; Staatsbibliothek, Berlin; National Museums Scotland ; Mead Art Museum, Amherst; A chart of Genji mon; Staatsbibliothek Berlin - #28; Lyon Collection - another print from this series;Art and Design Library, Edinburgh ;

Physical description:

Two figures in a butterfly dance. The whitish shell cartouche in the upper right corner gives the title of this series: 紫式部げんじかるた. The red shell cartouche gives the Genji mon and the corresponding chapter number.


This print is listed in Genji's World by Andreas Marks, 2012, but not illustrated.