Genji at Akashi (Akashi Genji)

「明石源氏」

Japanese
Edo period
1857 (Ansei 4), 1st and 7th month
Artist Utagawa Kunisada II (Kunimasa III, Toyokuni IV) (Japanese, 1823–1880), Publisher Mikawaya Tetsugorô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G361 (no photo)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

00.1000-2

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Triptych: 00.1000 (center), 00.1001 (left), 00.1002 (right)

The discrepancy in censor’s seals suggests that there may originally have been a different left sheet that was replaced by the present version.

Signed

Baichôrô Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouches (on right and center sheets), Kunisada ga, in toshidama cartouche (on left sheet)
梅蝶楼国貞画(年玉枠) 国貞画(年玉枠)

Markings

Censor's seals: aratame, Snake 1 (on right and center sheets); aratame, Snake 7 (on left sheet)
No blockcutter's mark
改印(右、中):改、巳正
改印(左):改、巳七
彫師:なし

Provenance

By 1900, William Perkins Babcock (b. 1826 - d. 1899), Boston and Paris; 1900, bequest of William Perkins Babcock to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 05, 1900)

Credit Line

Bequest of William Perkins Babcock