Kunisada: Prince Genji – Night musicKunisada: Prince Genji – Night music
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Kunisada: Prince Genji – Night musicKunisada: Prince Genji – Night music
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Kunisada: Prince Genji – Night musicKunisada: Prince Genji – Night music
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Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III) (1786-1865)

Night music. Price Genji seated on the verandah of his palace on a full moon night, holding a shakuhachi flute in his hand, preparing to make music together with two beautiful ladies. The ladies’ instruments are the koto (right) and the mokkin (xylophone, left)

Title: Tsuki (moon)

Series: Kachô fûgetsu no uchi (Flowers and birds, wind and moon)

Signature: Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (left, right) and Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (middle)

Seal: Toshidama ring

Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi (Eikyûdô)

Censors: Hama, Kinugasa

Date: 1848

Size: Oban triptych, 34,8 x 72,4 cm, totalled

Excellent impression, very good to excellent colours, with metallic pigment (oxidized). Slightly trimmed, thin old backing. Three separate sheets. Middle sheet lower right corner small restored crease/tear. Overall very nice condition.

Andreas Marks, Genji‘s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints. Leiden 2012, p. 266, G305-04. For this small series of four triptychs see ibid, p. 85. Also British Museum No. 1906,1220,0.1110. MFA Boston, Bigelow Coll. No. 11.45203a-c and 11.15172, 11.25123, 11.35502. MAK Vienna KI 7720-70-72.

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