Young Samurai Viewing Cherry Blossoms as a Mitate of Prince Kaoru - ROM2015_14585_6

ROM2015_14585_6

Young Samurai Viewing Cherry Blossoms as a Mitate of Prince Kaoru

Medium:8-colour block-prints on paper
Geography: Japan
Date: 1767 - 1769
Period: Edo period
Dimensions:
27.6 x 21 cm
Object number: 926.18.109
Credit Line: Sir Edmund Walker Collection
Not on view
DescriptionWearing two swords and holding the reins of his horse, a wakashu gazes at the cherry blossoms while his retainer squats and waits. The graph on his robe is a Genji-kō no zu from an incense-guessing game where each of the possible combinations of up to five kinds of incense is associated with one of The Tale of Genji’s fifty-four chapters. The one here is for the Sawarabi (“Bracken Shoots”) chapter, and the young man must be meant to be the protagonist Kaoru, though there is only one brief reference to cherry blossoms in this relatively short chapter. As Mihashi Osamu has noted, the hairiness of the retainer’s legs is meant to set off the smooth skin of the wakashu (288). References: Mihashi 2000; Waterhouse 1975 (pl. 74)
Collection:
Japan
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