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signed Yoshitora ga with artist’s red seal, publisher’s seal of Sawamuraya Seikichi, and date seal Mizunoe-Saru, san (cyclical year ‘elder brother water,’ year of the monkey , 3rd month)
oban tate-e triptych 15 by 30 3/8 in., 38 by 77.2 cm
In this composition inspired by the wildly popular ‘updated’ Inaka Genji, the protagonist, Mitsuujii, is seen picnicking with four female companions while enjoying an imaginary panorama which incorporates all eight of the famous views associated with the classic grouping of ‘Eight Views of Omi’ (or Lake Biwa). From right to left the locations are identified as: Hira, Katada, Yabase, Karasaki, Mii, Awazu, Ishiyama, and Seta.
Andreas Marks, Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints, 2012, p. 101, cat. no. 36; and p. 276, no. G498
(inv. no. 10-5093)