Kunisada 2, Utagawa

Illustrations of the Genji 0


 The Tale of Genji is thought to be the world’s oldest novel. It was written by Murasaki Shikibu, a woman from the Heian period (11th century Japan), and chronicles the life and romances of Prince Genji.

This series - Murasaki Shikibu Genji Karuta - is considered to be the best works by Kunisada 2. The series was designed and printed around 1857. Apparently the publisher Tsutaya Kichizo used the highest quality papers and inks for this special Genji series. Each print is identified by the “Genji mon” and title that are located in a unique cartouche in the shape of an opened clamshell. Each scene is surrounded by a beautiful speckled gold-coloured margin.

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 3
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 5 - Young Murasaki
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 8
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 9 - Leaves of Wild Ginger
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 11- The Lady at the Villa of Scattering Orange Blossoms
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 12 - Exile to Suma
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 13 - Akashi
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 17
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 18
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 18
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 19- A Thin Veil of Clouds
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 20
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 21
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 23 - The First Song of the Year
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 23 - The First Song of the Year
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 24 - Butterflies
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 25 - Fireflies
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 26
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 27 - The Flares
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 28 - An Autumn Tempest
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 30 - Mistflowers
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 31- The Cypress Pillar
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 32 - The Spray of Plum-Blossom
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 33
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 34- Spring Shoots, Part 1
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 40
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 41
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 42
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 43- The Rose Plum
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 44
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 45- The Divine Princess at Uji Bridge
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 47- A Bowknot Tied in Maiden's Loops
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857

Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 50- The Eastern Cottage
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857


Artist: Kunisada 2 (1823-1880)- Kunimasa 3- Toyokuni 4
Title: Chapter 52
Series: Tale of Genji
Date: 1857



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