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Half-length bust portraits under cherry blossoms from a Rustic Genji theme

Identifier: 1847-50ca Kunisada album trip 01

The male character in the center, probably Mitsuuji, the rustic Genji, is easily identifiable by his 'shrimp's-tail' hair style. The woman in the right-hand panel is holding his sword by wrapping a purple cloth around it and, hence, not touching it directly. That makes this a repetitive motif.

This occurs in another 'Rustic Genji' triptych in the Lyon Collection as well. In that case, there are three full figures in a garden with cherry blossoms in bloom there, too.


This triptych is listed but not illustrated in Andreas Marks Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints. It appears at G#169.

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