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The Flute (Yokobue)

Kunisada Tsunoda, Japanese, (1786–1865)
Utagawa Kunisada, Japanese, (1786–1865)

Creation date: ca. 1845
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Gift of Captain George B. Powell, Jr., JAGC, USN
Accession Number: 2008.70
Dimensions: 10 in. x 7 1/4 in. (25.4 cm x 18.42 cm)

Provenance

George B. Powell, Jr., San Diego, California ( - June 20, 2008)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (June 20, 2008 - )

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Kunisada, who would be the predominant artist to publish prints of the stylish characters from the Inaka Genji, also produced illustrations of the original eleventh-century novel with the figures in Heian-period dress and in antiquated styles. The moment depicted in this print is when the male courtier suddenly recognizes that the boy, who was thought to be the son of Prince Genji, was actually fathered by someone else. He then recited the poem which is written at the top of the page as a way to indirectly state his awareness of the matter.
Last Updated: 10/29/2010

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Prints from the San Diego Museum of San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 6/5/2011

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Andreas Marks and Dr. Sonya Quintanilla. Dreams and Diversions University of Washington Press. Seattle, WA, 2010
Page Number: 135-136, Figure Number: 110


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