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Kagero 蜻蛉 (No. 52 The Drake Fly) / Genji kumo ukiyoe awase 源氏雲浮世絵合 (Ukiyo-e Parallels for the Cloudy Chapters of the Tale of Genji)

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Kagero 蜻蛉 (No. 52 The Drake Fly)

    Title (series)

    • Genji kumo ukiyoe awase 源氏雲浮世絵合 (Ukiyo-e Parallels for the Cloudy Chapters of the Tale of Genji)
  • Description

    Woodblock print, oban tate-e. The kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as the wrestler Akitsushima, seated cross-legged and holding a long scroll with a brush in his mouth. Poem inscribed above.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1845-1846
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36.6 centimetres
    • Width: 24.4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
      • Inscription Translation

        Drawn by Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
      • Inscription Comment

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Iseya Ichibei
      • Inscription Comment

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Transliteration

      • Inscription Comment

  • Curator's comments

    See:- Robinson, 1982, S45; Each of the fifty-four chapters of The Tale of Genji is named and is associated with a crest called a 'Genji-mon'. In this series, each of the first fifty-four prints portray various scenes from history, legend, and literature that are suggested by a specific chapter of the novel and the appropriate Genji-mon is shown in the upper left cartouche with a poem. This series consists of one design for each of the fifty-four chapters and six supplementary designs.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: Genji monogatari
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Credit line: Gift of Prof. Arthur R. Miller, on loan from the American Friends of the British Museum.

  • Department


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 17452 (Miller Collection number)


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