Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Masao Ebina (1913 - 1980)  
  Title: Akashi  
  Series title: Genji monogatari (Tale of Genji)  
  Size: 20.8 x 29.9 cm (chūban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Masao Ebina Akashi


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on Akashi’s kimono, on the top and side of the closet, and on the folding screen.

Published in 1953 by the Yamada Shoin Company.

Akashi is the title of Chapter 13 of the Genji monogatari written by Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century.

Artist’s seal in lower right of the print area:

Masao Ebina Seal

in which the kanji read (from right to left):

Character Reading Meaning Translation
masa(ni) just  
otto husband Masao

Genji-mon of Chapter 13 of the Tale of Genji in top right of the print area:

Genji-mon chapter 13 Genji monogatari

together with the title of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
aka(rui) bright  
ishi stone Akashi

This print comes with its original protective folder and explanation of the contents of the Genji monogatari Chapter 13 in Japanese and English (click to enlarge):

Masao Ebina Akashi explanation

Another fabulous print inspired by the chapter Akashi of the Genji monogatari designed by Okada Yoshio can be seen on my website here.


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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