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

Print: 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)

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Dates: 1858,created
Dimensions: 19.25 in,14.2 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock prints
Inscription:

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Sakanaya Eikichi
(Marks 442 - seal 24-007)
Carver: Yokogawa Takejirō
Censor seal: aratame
Date: 2/1858

Related links: National Diet Library - left panel; National Diet Library - right panel; National Diet Library - left panel; Tokyo Metropolitan Library - left panel; Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts; Ritsumeikan University - left panel; Ritsumeikan University - right panel; National Museums of Scotland - left panel;

Physical description:

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.