Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: 'Calligraphy' from Fashionable Amusements of Spring (Fūryū haru no kyō - 風流春の興)

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Dates: created,circa 1847 - 1848
Dimensions: 30.0 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print; ōban triptych

Signed: Kōchōrō Toyokuni ga - left and right panels -
Ichiyosai Toyokuni ga - center panel
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Marks 180 - seal 21-235)
Censor: Fuku and Muramatsu

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts - center panel only; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - center panel only; Tokyo Metropolitan Library ;

Physical description:

The beauty on the right is wearing a robe decorated with dragons chasing flaming pearls. Behind her is a wrapped package which looks like it must be a koto. In the middle the bijinis dressed in a robe decorated by open hibiscus flowers and buds with a couple of small white images of descending geese. The figure on the left is wearing a kimono decorated with peonies.


This triptych is also referred to as Genji-themed according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Library. If this is so, then it most probably Rustic Genji related, more likely.