The Tale of Genji
- Artist: Tosa Mitsunori (1583-1638)
- Historical period(s)
- Edo period, early 17th century
- Tosa School
- Ink and gold on paper
- H x W (overall): 24.7 x 20.3 cm (9 3/4 x 8 in)
- Credit Line
- Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- The Tale of Genji, a fifty-four chapter fictional work written in the early eleventh century by court lady Murasaki Shikibu, was a rich source for illustration. The Tale of Genji and other literary classics created in the imperial court of the Heian period (794-1185) figured prominently in the revival of courtly taste in early seventeenth-century Kyoto. Painters of the Tosa school, of which Mitsunori was a leading member specialized in subjects from classical Japanese literature and played a key role in that revival. Here Misunori's paintings in the fine linear style known as hakubyo are paired with poems written by various court calligraphers. This group of thirty pairs of paintings and calligraphy illustrating certain of the fifty-four chapters of The Tale of Genji are said to have been formerly mounted on a folding screen.
Yamanaka and Company, New York 1932 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, New York in 1932 
 Object file, undated folder sheet. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.
 See note 1.
- Former owner
- Yamanaka and Co.
- Collection(s) Area
- Japanese Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum