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A diptych from the series Lingering Sentiments of a Late Collection of Genji (Genji goshū yojō - 源氏後集余情): the two women represent Chapter 17, E-awase (The Picture Contest - 絵合)

Identifier: 1858 Kunisada female genji
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The title of this series, Lingering Sentiments of a Late Collection of Genji (Genji goshū yojō), is actually a pun on The Fifty-four Chapters of the Tale of Genji (Genji gojūyojō).

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The British Museum owns a copy but does not illustrate it online. However, the curatorial files at state: "Fourth in a group of 38 diptychs plus one frontispiece comprising all the known designs from the series Genji goshū yojō (Lasting Impressions of a Late Genji Collection; 1857-61). Based on the serialized novel Nise Murasaki inaka Genji (A Country Genji by a Fake Murasaki; chapters 1-38, published 1829-42) by Ryutei Tanehiko, and its sequel Sono yukari hina no omokage (A Related Rustic Visage; chapters 39-61, published1847-64) by Tanehiko's followers. Both novels illustrated by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)."

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The diptych is illustrated and listed in Genji‘s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints by Andreas Marks, pp. 142-3.

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There is an earlier gōkan cover from the original edition from 1830-42 of the Nise Murasaki... showing both women, but signed 'Kunisada'. (See the links above.)

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There are copies of both of these prints in the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden. Notice the octopus in the basket on the head of the woman on the left.

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