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The Tale of Genji

Type
Album
Maker(s)
Artist: Tosa Mitsunori (1583-1638)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 17th century
School
Tosa School
Medium
Ink and gold on paper
Dimension(s)
H x W (overall): 24.7 x 20.3 cm (9 3/4 x 8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1932.27.1-30
Label
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.

1932
Yamanaka and Company, New York 1932 [1]

From 1932
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Yamanaka and Company, New York in 1932 [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Former owner
Yamanaka and Co.
On View Location
Freer Gallery 07: Painting the Classics: Japanese Scrolls and Beyond
Classification(s)
Album, Painting
Keyword(s)
Edo period (1615 - 1868), gafu, Japan, The Tale of Genji
Collection(s) Area
Japanese Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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