Re: Kuniyoshi print

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on December 20, 1997 at 20:53:47:

In Reply to: Kuniyoshi print posted by Marco Cannone on December 20, 1997 at 19:18:42:

: I am interested in having some information about the print of Kuniyoshi that is represented in the Ombetsu Art Club at the web page

: I am in particular interested in the story represented in it. I believe it is related to some Genji Tale in the momiji period.

: I really will appreciate your help.

: Marco Cannone

As far as I can tell, you are absolutely right. The series is Genji kumo ukiyo-e awase (Ukiyo-e parallels for the chapters of Genji), published about 1845. This print refers to chapter 7 of Murasaki Shibiku's famous novel: Momiji no ga (An Autumn Excursion in Seidensticker's translation). The "ukiyo-e parallel", with the samurai holding a human head below the autumn moon, could be a scene from a kabuki play, or perhaps based on a historical event.

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