Original woodblock print - Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) - Miotsukushi 澪標(Channel Buoys) - The faithful servant Yodohei - No. 14 from the series "Genji kumo ukiyoe awase" 源氏雲浮世絵合 (Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji) - ca 1845
So insignificant / and worthless as I am / why did I start / loving you / with all of myself? (数ならで / なにはのことも / かひなきに / なにみをつくし / 思ひそめけん) The words of the Akashi lady (明石の御方), taken from the chapter "Miotsukushi" (澪標) of "The Tale of Genji" (源氏物語) and visible in the upper inset cartouche, introduce this elegant representation of the faithful servant Shimobe Yodohei (下部淀平) carrying, hidden in a hamper from which comes out the sleeve of a kimono, princess Sakura (さくら姫), who is guilty of a double murder in the context of the "Sakurahime Azuma Bunsho" (桜姫東文章), a complex, and partly even macabre, story of love and conspiracies of kabuki theater.
The precious woodblock print was made by the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳) and is the fourteenth print of the "Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji" (源氏雲浮世画合), a series depicting stories and legends inspired by the chapters of the famous work written by the lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu (紫式部).
The work, printed around 1845 by the publisher Iseya Ichibei (伊勢屋市兵衛), is in very good general condition. Slightly trimmed margins.
See British Museum: https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3278505&partId=1
The woodblock print will be well-packaged and shipped by registered mail with a tracking code.
- Original woodblock print
- Woodblock printing
- Washi paper
- ca 1845
- Region/ Country of origin
- Artist/ Maker
- Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
- Theme/ depiction
- Legend inspired by the Tale of Genji
- Title of artwork
- Miotsukushi (Channel Buoys) - From the series "Ukiyo-e Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji"
- Very good condition, see description
- 35.5×23.5×0 cm