"Tale of Genji' inspired series "Murasaki Shikibu Genji Cards"
This handsome woodblock is from a series by Kunisada II depicting scenes from the classic Japanese novel "The Tale of Genji." Each print illustrates a chapter in Murasaki's beloved drama about the life of Prince Genji, a nobleman of the Minamoto clan during the Heian era; this one is from Chapter 35. In this chapter, a woman in a kimono sits in a palanquin by the edge of a stormy river. Her kimono is covered with flowers; she wears a floral headdress and also appears to be holding a sword. The rain is battering down and a tree is swaying in the wind. A warrior in black clothing stands beside the palanquin and illuminates the face of the woman with his torch. He is carrying two swords and his face is covered. These scenes illustrate exotic views into courtly life in Japan during the time of Genji. There are special burnished accents in the man's black robe, with great color. This print dates to c1857. It bears its artist and publisher seals, along with its title and date codes. This is a lifetime edition. The print sight size is 13.25" x 9.25", and the frame measures 20.5" x 16". There is minor wear to the frame. P7065