Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Masao Ebina (1913 - 1980)  
  Title: Matsukaze  
  Series title: Genji monogatari (Tale of Genji)  
  Size: 20.8 x 29.8 cm (chūban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Masao Ebina Matsukaze


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on Genji’s kimono and on the curtain in the background.

Published in 1953 by the Yamada Shoin Company.

Matsukaze (i.e., Pine Wind) is the title of Chapter 18 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 18 of the Tale of Genji in top right of the print area:

Genji-mon chapter 18 Genji monogatari

together with the title of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
matsu pine  
kaze wind Matsukaze

This print comes with its original protective folder and explanation of the contents of the Genji monogatari Chapter 18 in Japanese and English (click to enlarge):

Masao Ebina Matsukaze explanation

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


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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