Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Masao Ebina (1913 - 1980)  
  Title: Aoi*)  
  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 Aoi


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the curtains and the kimono of the lady in the front cart, and on the side of the cart at the back.

Published in 1953 by the Yamada Shoin Company.

Aoi is the title of Chapter 9 of the Genji monogatari written by Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century.

Artist’s seal in lower left 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 9 of the Tale of Genji in top right of the print area:

Genji-mon chapter 9 Genji monogatari

together with the title of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
aoi hollyhock Hollyhock


Provenance: Serge Astières

*) With many thanks to Serge Astières for sending me this print as a gift.

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