Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Figures in Edo Purple: The Utsusemi Chapter (Edo Murasaki sugata no Utsusemi - えとむらさきすかたのうつせみ) - a Rustic Genji theme

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Dates: created,circa 1851 - 1853
Dimensions: 30.0 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Sanoya Kihei (Marks 446 - seal 25-210)
Censor: Mera and Watanabe

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Tokyo Metropolitan Library ;

Physical description:

This scene prominently displays the sasarindō motif which was the eventual crest of the Genji/Minamoto clan. Of course, it was not in use at the time of the original Tale of Genji, but its anachronistic adoption by 19th century ukiyo artists must have felt quite natural. Here it appears as a repeated pattern on the surface of the partition that Mitsuuji is leaning on and again on his purple robe.


The Tokyo Metropolitan Library gives a slightly different reading of the title of this triptych: えとむらさきゆかりのうつせみ.


This triptych is listed but not illustrated in Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints by Andreas Marks, et al., #G196.