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Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Genji Chapter 15 Wasteland (Yomogyū - 蓬生) from the series
Japanese and Chinese Comparisons for the Chapters of Genji
(Wakan nazorae Genji - 和漢准源氏)

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Dates: 1855,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print
Inscription:

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
一勇斎国芳画
Publisher: Iseyoshi (Marks U095 seal 25-013)
Carver: Hori Takichi (彫庄治)
Censor's seal: aratame
Date seal: 12/1855

Related links: British Museum; Kuniyoshi Project; Victoria and Albert Museum;

Physical description:

Scene: Momotarō (Little Peachling), a monkey, a badger, a pheasant and captive demon with 'the five precious things' on a stand behind them.

The Tales of Genji (Genji monogatari) is the greatest novel in classical Japanese literature, and arguably, the world’s first novel. It was written in the first decade of the eleventh century by a 'Lady Murasaki', and relates the womanizing exploits of Prince Genji. Each of the fifty-four chapters of the novel is named and is associated with a crest called a Genji-mon. In this series, Kuniyoshi paired scenes from history, fiction, and legend with related chapters from the novel.

Robert Schaap in his Heroes & Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 gives the carver of this print as Hori Takichi (彫庄治). The British Museum gives the same characters as Hori Shōji.