Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Masao Ebina (1913 - 1980)  
  Title: Fuji Uraba  
  Series title: Genji monogatari (Tale of Genji)  
  Size: 36.2 x 23.9 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Masao Ebina Fuji Uraba


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the purple sitting cushion and on the stylized river patterns on the sliding screen doors in the background.

Published in 1953 by the Yamada Shoin Company.

Fuji Uraba (i.e., The Wisteria Leaves) is the title of Chapter 33 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 33 of the Tale of Genji in top right of the print area:

Genji-mon chapter 33 Genji monogatari

together with the title of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
fuji young  
ura purple  
ha purple The wisteria leaves

This print comes with its original protective folder and explanation of the contents of the Genji monogatari Chapter 33 in Japanese and English (click to enlarge):

Masao Ebina Fuji no Uraba explanation


Provenance: Ross Walker’s Ohmi Gallery

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