Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Masao Ebina (1913 - 1980)  
  Title: Niou Miya*)  
  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 Niou-Miya


Published in 1953 by the Yamada Shoin Company.

Niou Miya is the title of Chapter 42 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 42 of the Tale of Genji in top right of the print area:

Genji-mon chapter 42 Genji monogatari

together with the title of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
niou to smell (good)  
miya palace The Perfumed Prince


Provenance: Serge Astières

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

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