Aoi, with Genji crest for chapter 9, “Aoi,” of the Tale of Genji

 
Series
Unknown. A series based on the Tale of Genji
Artist
Creation date
Publisher
Tokokudo
Period
Edo
Materials
color woodblock print
Mark Descriptions
artist signature: Toyokuni ga (within a toshidama cartouche) censor seal: Magome and Hama date seal: 1852, 5th month publisher: Tōkokudō inscription: unread
Dimensions
9 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. (image & sheet, bled to edge)
Credit line
Gift of Francine and Roger Hurwitz
Accession number
2010.296
Collection
Not Currently On View

あうひ

Kneeling at a portable writing table, a young woman holds a poem card in her left hand while resting her cheek on her right. Her stationery stand is beside her on the floor. She appears to be contemplating what to write. The kerchief she wears around her head might be serving to catch her perspiration on a sultry summer’s day.

Her relaxed posture, the flowing lines of her kimono, and the curving tendrils of the decorative pattern combine to evoke an elegantly quiet and contemplative mood.

Purchased in Bloomington, Indiana by Dr. Roger Hurwitz and Francine Hurwitz, Indianapolis; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2010 (2010.296).
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