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

Print: A Rustic Genji triptych - spring - 'Kō ni sasou Haru no tsumeoto' (香誘春爪音)

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Dates: 1849,created
Dimensions: Overall dimensions

Signed: Kōchōrō Toyokuni ga
香蝶楼豊国画 on outer panels
Ichiyōsai Toyokuni ga
一陽斎豊国画 in the center
Artist's seal: toshidama
Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizō (Marks 556 - seal 03-004)
Censors: Hama and Magome

Related links: Achenbach Foundation - right panel; Tokyo Metropolitan Library ; Pushkin Museum; Chazen Museum of Art; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - right hand panel; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - center panel; Achenbach Foundation - center panel; Achenbach Foundation - left panel;

Physical description:

The Achenbach Foundation gives a transcription of the kanji title of this triptych as 'Ka ni sasou haru no tsumeoto'. The Tokyo Metropolitan Library gives it as 'Kō ni sasou Haru no tsumeoto' which only involves a different reading of the first character.


The clearest reference to it being springtime is the flowering plum (ume) tree seen through the open doorway on the right and in the background of the center panel.


The Genji references within this triptych appear in at least two places: on the robe of the standing woman and on the sliding screen seen behind her.