An image of Pictures of graceful figures of the east

Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III

(Japan 1786 – 1865)

Pictures of graceful figures of the east

Other titles:
(Maple viewing party)
Location
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
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
circa 1852
Media
Print
Medium
woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, triptych
Dimensions
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.

Credit
Gift of Margaret Olley 2000
Accession number
145.2000.a-c