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Prince Genji Amusing Himself on the beach at Futami
  • Utagawa Kunisada
    born: Katsushika, Musashi province (present-day Tokyo prefecture), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Prince Genji Amusing Himself on the beach at Futami, 1857, 5th month, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Hikaru shi isobe asobi no zu (The Shining Prince Amusing Himself at the Seashore)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: each: 355.6 x 241.3 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: each: 14 x 9 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 20 x 36 in
  • Gift of H. Lee Turner
  • Not on display
  • 1968.0001.256.a,b,c
Label Text

a: Right section. A man stands in the center with women seated on either side. He wears a purple and red robe and carries a fan. The woman on the left is in purple and red and is seated behind a green basket, holding a brown shell in her left hand. The woman on the right is in red and yellow with blue flowers in her hair. Her sleeve is held over her mouth. There is a brown, sandy beach in the foreground. There is water in the middle ground. There are green and gray mountains in the background. The sky is blue.

b: Center section. At right a young woman in purple checked robes is running gleefully towards a little pink octopus at the lower left. Brown shore, then water with a wooden boat on the right and a tall brown rock at the left with yellow tassels tied to it. There are five more sails on the horizon. There is a flock of fat little birds flying on the left. The horizon is red and the sky is blue.

c: Left section. A diver, half naked with a red skirt, stands on a bank at left, wringing out her skirt and holding a chisel in her mouth. At the bottom right is a second diver, holding a chisel in her right hand and a shell in her left. There is a large rock in the water at center right, with a yellow tasseled robe strung across the rock. The rest of the flying flock of fat birds cuts across the blue sky. There are six sails on the horizon. There is black trim at the top of the sky.