(Japan 1786 – 1865)
Pictures of graceful figures of the east
- Other titles:
- (Maple viewing party)
- Not on display
- Further information
'Momijigari', literally ‘hunting maple leaves’, is a seasonal amusement that dates back to the days of the Heian court, and was a popular subject in Japanese visual culture from classical times. In depicting his Genji-like figure wearing his topknot in an 'ebi chasen', accompanied by young women and being served by a beauty while enjoying the wondrous colour of autumn leaves, Kunisada references the chapter 'Momiji no ga' (Ch 7) of the 'Tale', in which Genji celebrates the former emperor’s birthday under the branches of autumn maple trees.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW.
- Place of origin
- Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
- circa 1852
- woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, triptych
- 35.5 x 76.0 cm image ; 49.0 x 89.3 x 1.2 cm frame
a - left sheet, 35.5 x 25 cm
b - centre sheet, 35.5 x 25.7 cm
c - right sheet, 35.5 x 25.7 cm
- Signature & date
Signed [left sheet] c.l.[in cartouche], in Japanese, ink [incised on block], "Toyokuni ga [picture by Toyokuni]". Not dated.
Signed [centre sheet], c.r.[in cartouche], in Japanese, ink [incised on block], "Toyokuni ga [picture by Toyokuni]". Not dated.
Signed [right sheet], l.r., in Japanese, red ink [incised on block] "Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga [picture by Ichiyôsai Toyokuni] [and artist's seal]". Not dated.
- Gift of Margaret Olley 2000
- Accession number