Utagawa Kunisada/ Toyokuni III (1797–1864)
Titel: Ima Genji nishiki-e awase (The Colour Print Contest of a Modern Genji).
Signatur: Toyokuni ga in toshidama cartouche
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Kikakûdo); Author: Utagawa Yoshitoyo
Date: Edo c. 1852–54.
Size: 25 x 18 cm
Album with beige coloured silk binding of the time, containing 54 nishiki-e, title is missing. Each woodblock print is mounted on cardboard, small damages (stains, paper loss, small tears) mostly at the corners. Altogether good colours and condition of this complete and popular series.
This classic work of literature the “Genji Monogatari” was written by the Lady Murasaki Shikibu in the 11th century. It remained its popularity and importance throughout the centuries and was republished for several times.
Ref.: Andreas Marks: Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints , p. 244/245, no. 257; Boston Fine Art Museum complete series.
€ 1.850,– reserved
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