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the date on the left-hand margin, on todoke Meiji – nen – hachi gatsu – niche (respectfuly reporting Meiji – year – 8th month – day) followed by the address of the publisher, Hongin-cho, Ni-chome, Juni banchi (Hongin [Ginza] area, 2nd town, 12th district), his name, Takegawa Seikichi, and the carver’s mark Hori Gin, ca. 1884
oban tate-e 14 1/8 by 9 5/8 in., 36 by 24.3 cm
This composition depicts Genji’s mother Kiritsubo seated before her mirror in preparation to see her husband, the Emperor. An attendant holds an ornate robe on a tray, presumably the overly sumptuous robe which was given to Kiritsubo by the Emperor. The gift invited much jealousy in the court.