Antique Japanese woodblock engraving, signed by the artist and printmaker Utaga Kunisada II. Published by Tsutaya, Edo Period, 1857, Snake 11.
The name of the series is Murasaki Shikibu Gengi Karuta, or Lady Murasaki's Genji Cards. The series illustrated a classical work of literature, written by a Japanese noblewoman, Murasaki Shikibu, in the early years of the 11th Century. The tale concentrates on Prince Genji's love life, it was called 'Genji Monogatari'.
The print bears the Aratame seal of approval. Printed in original colours.
Mounted. Not framed.
Print size: 34cm x 24cm
Mount size: 51cm x 41cm