C1884

Aoi, Chapter 9 Genji. (Female abalone divers off the coast of Ise.)

In the tales, Genji compares his future wife, Murasaki No Ue, who was twelve at the time, to the potential blooming of seaweed hence the image of the abalone divers. The original version of chapter 9, called Aoi (the name … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Aoi, Chapter 9 Genji. (Female abalone divers off the coast of Ise.)

Date:

C1884

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock

Image Size: 

230mm 
x 340mm
AUTHENTICITY
Aoi, Chapter 9 Genji. (Female abalone divers off the coast of Ise.) - Antique Print from 1884

Genuine antique
dated:

1884

Description:

In the tales, Genji compares his future wife, Murasaki No Ue, who was twelve at the time, to the potential blooming of seaweed hence the image of the abalone divers. The original version of chapter 9, called Aoi (the name of Genji’s tragic wife), incorporates several important and pivotal events in Genji’s life. While Genji pines away for one of his lovers who is the favorite consort of his father (the former emperor), Genji’s other lovers begin to complain at his lack of attention, including the most troublesome, Lady Rokujo. The chapter ends with Aoi dying in childbirth, rumored to have been haunted by the Lady Rokujo’s jealous spirit. After the death of Aoi, Genji decides to make his young ward, Murasaki, his consort. The classic interpretation of chapter 9 depicts Genji trimming the hair of Murasaki as she stands on a Go game board. Presumably, the subject of awabi divers off the coast of Ise must either be some sort of mitate (parody) of the original Tale of Genji (the significance of which is unclear) or a reference to the Inaka Genji storyline. Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) Fifty-four Modern Feelings (matched with chapters of Genji (chapter 9: Aoi). Publisher : Takegawa Seikichi Block carver : Hori Gin (Asai Ginjiro) Reference Murase, The Tale of Genji. Chapter 9, Newland, Time Past and Time Present, Images of a Forgotten Master. p20, ill.28 p.65

Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900) Kunichika was a leading Japanese woodblock print artist and highly influential. Talented as a child, at about thirteen he became a student of Tokyo’s then leading printmaker Utagawa Kunisada. He produced numerous wood blocks of popular and famous Kabuki plays and actors of which he was very knowledgeable. He is best known for his prints of kabuki actors and scenes from popular plays of the time. Kunichika also made many bijinga (beautiful women) woodblocks.

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