Original Masao Ebina (1913 - 1980) Japanese Woodblock Print
Kocho (Butterflies), Chapter 24
Series; The Tale of Genji
The Tale of Genji - Considered by some as the first novel ever written, "The Tale of Genji" is one of the greatest works of Japanese literature. Written by the noblewoman Lady Murasaki Shikubu in the early 11th century during the Heian era, "The Tale of Genji" tells the story of Prince Genji, recounting his life, loves, and the aristocratic world around him in fifty-four chapters. Lady Murasaki's tale of courtly life remains a classic of literature today.
A Special Commemorative Edition - Masao Ebina's beautiful "Tale of Genji" series was originally published in 1953 by Yamada Shoin in a limited-edition release of only 200 complete sets. This deluxe series featured special treatments such as silver and gold mica, and the use of up to 100 blocks for a single print. After the artist's death, Tokyo publisher Shubido released a beautiful commemorative edition of Ebina's lovely Genji designs in a larger format. These commemorative prints are a wonderful memorial to the lasting beauty of Masao Ebina's classic Genji designs, and include the same deluxe printing techniques used in the first edition. A rare opportunity to acquire an attractive Genji subject in a special large format.
Artist - Masao Ebina (1913 - 1980)
Image Size - 9 3/4" x 14 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Some prints have slight thinning or paper remnants on reverse at top edge from original publisher mounting. Please see photos for details. Generally in excellent condition overall.