- Museum number
Object: Asagao 朝顔 (Morning Glory)
Series: Furyu yatsushi Genji 風流やつし源氏 (Stylishly Casual Genji)
Colour woodblock-printed triptych, benigirai-e. One design from series of ten. Hikaru Genji indulging in exchange of poems with Lady Asagao in centre sheet; morning glory in bloom in left sheet. Inscribed, signed and marked.
- Production date
- 1791 (c.)
Height: 37.20 centimetres (each)
Width: 25 centimetres (each)
- Curator's comments
As the print title indicates, the scene is a (probably imaginary) reworking in elegant contemporary dress of 'The Morning Glory' (Asagao), chapter 20 from the early 11th century Tale of Genji. In a lavish interior with several aristocratic touches, a young man, impersonating Prince Genji, and a group of women and girls compose poems whilst admiring the morning glory blooming on a fence in the garden. The colour scheme of the print is of a special 'red-avoiding' (beni-girai) kind, dominated by purples and greys, that enjoyed a vogue in the later 1780s. This too adds to the general ambience of courtly elegance. (Label copy, TTC, 1999.)
Another of the ten designs remaining from the set 'Genji in Modern Dress', based on chapters of Murasaki Shikibu's classic novel of about AD 1000, 'Genji Monogatari' ('The Tale of Genji'). Here the Prince is seen at the centre indulging in an exchange of poems with the Lady Asagao. The flower whose name she bears grows at the left. Eishi uses the restrained benigirai ('hating red') palette in this series. The print is signed 'Painted by Eishi'.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Genji monogatari 源氏物語 (Tale of Genji)
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