Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Masao Ebina (1913 - 1980)  
  Title: Waka Murasaki  
  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 Wakamurasaki


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the kimono’s of the woman and the girl, and on the basket at the base of the fence.

Published in 1953 by the Yamada Shoin Company.

Waka Murasaki (i.e., Young Murasaki) is the title of Chapter 5 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 5 of the Tale of Genji in top right of the print area:

Genji-mon chapter 5 Genji monogatari

together with the title of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
waka young  
murasaki purple Young Murasaki


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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