Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Masao Ebina (1913 - 1980)  
  Title: Otome  
  Series title: Genji monogatari (Tale of Genji)  
  Size: 20.9 x 30.0 cm (chūban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Masao Ebina Otome


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the circular and flower-like decorations on the kimono’s of the two ladies.

Published in 1953 by the Yamada Shoin Company.

Otome (i.e., Maidens) is the title of Chapter 21 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 21 of the Tale of Genji in top right of the print area:

Genji-mon chapter 21 Genji monogatari

together with the title of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
o small  
me woman Maidens


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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