• The Second Month (<i>Kisaragi</i> - 如月) - from the series <i>Wakamurasaki nenju gyoji no uchi</i> (若紫年中行事之内) <i>Events through the Year of Young Murasaki</i> - a Rustic Genji theme
The Second Month (<i>Kisaragi</i> - 如月) - from the series <i>Wakamurasaki nenju gyoji no uchi</i> (若紫年中行事之内) <i>Events through the Year of Young Murasaki</i> - a Rustic Genji theme
The Second Month (<i>Kisaragi</i> - 如月) - from the series <i>Wakamurasaki nenju gyoji no uchi</i> (若紫年中行事之内) <i>Events through the Year of Young Murasaki</i> - a Rustic Genji theme
The Second Month (<i>Kisaragi</i> - 如月) - from the series <i>Wakamurasaki nenju gyoji no uchi</i> (若紫年中行事之内) <i>Events through the Year of Young Murasaki</i> - a Rustic Genji theme
The Second Month (<i>Kisaragi</i> - 如月) - from the series <i>Wakamurasaki nenju gyoji no uchi</i> (若紫年中行事之内) <i>Events through the Year of Young Murasaki</i> - a Rustic Genji theme

Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)

The Second Month (Kisaragi - 如月) - from the series Wakamurasaki nenju gyoji no uchi (若紫年中行事之内) Events through the Year of Young Murasaki - a Rustic Genji theme

Print


ca 1849 – 1850
30 in x 14 in (Overall dimensions) color woodblock print; ōban diptych
Signed - right panel: Ichiyōsai Toyokuni ga
一陽斎豊国画
Center: Kunisada aratame Toyokuni ga
国貞舎豊国画
Left: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Ebisuya Shōshichi (Marks 039 - seal 26-007)
Censor: Kinugasa and Watanabe
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Honolulu Museum of Art - center and right panel only
Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - center panel only
Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna - right panel only
Victoria and Albert Museum - center panel only
Lyon Collection - 1869 Kuniteru triptych of a similar scene
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - ca. 1839 Kunisada painting of this scene
Seattle Asian Art Museum "The valiant hero Mitsuuji struggles with a thief who attempts to steal the heirloom sword called Kagarasumaru under cover of night. Mitsuuji's young stepmother, Fuji-no-hata, and her maidservant Sugibae, who lost her grip on a lamp, try to move out of harm's way."

Quote from: "A Country Genji: Kunisada's single-sheet Genji series" by Andreas Marks, Impressions, #27, 2005-06, fig. 16, p. 65. [This quote describes the Kunisada scroll painting linked to above at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, but also applies to this triptych.]

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One of the unusual features of this triptych is that each panel is signed differently with three variations of Kunisada's signature.

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This triptych is listed but not illustrated in Andreas Marks Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints. It appears at G#316-02.

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Illustrated in small black and white reproductions in the Illustrated Catalogues of Tokyo National Museum: Ukiyo-e Prints (3), #2743-45. (This print was not illustrated online as of November, 2019.)
Ebisuya Shōshichi (恵比寿屋庄七) (publisher)
Genji related prints (Genji-e - 源氏絵) (genre)