Spring Shoots Ii (Wakana: Ge), Calligraphic Excerpt From Chapter 35 Of The Tale Of Genji (Genji Monogatari)
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.352.35.B
People
Reizei Tamehiro, Japanese (1450 - 1526)
Title
Spring Shoots II (Wakana: ge), Calligraphic Excerpt from Chapter 35 of the Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Wakana: ge
Classification
Calligraphy
Work Type
album leaf, calligraphy
Date
Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Kyôto
Period
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Culture
Japanese
Physical Descriptions
Medium
The thirty-fifth of a series of 54 kotobagaki (calligraphic album leaves) mounted in an album with illustrations; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H. 24.3 cm x W. 18.4 cm (9 9/16 x 7 1/4 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of the Hofer Collection of the Arts of Asia
Accession Year
1985
Object Number
1985.352.35.B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Murasaki:

Before the dew dries
That has clung to the lotus-
O fragile fortune-
Surely it would be foolish
To think I shall not be gone.

Genji:

Bind we by an oath:
Let us be as two dewdrops
On one lotus leaf;
Do not let us be apart,
Dear heart, though not in this world.

[Translation by Edwin A. Cranston]
Publication History

Kaori Chino, "Tokushû: Genji monogatari gajô - Hâvâdo Daigaku Bijutsukan zô" [Special Issue: The Tale of Genji Album in the Collection of Harvard University Art Museums] (Tokyo, Japan, 1997), p. 56

Anne Rose Kitagawa, "Behind the Scenes of Harvard's Tale of Genji album", November 2001, p. 29 / Fig. 2 (right)

Melissa McCormick, "Genji Goes West: The 1510 Genji Album and the Visualization of Court and Capital", Art Bulletin, College Art Association of America (New York, March 2003), LXXXV No. 1, p. 55 / Fig. 1 (right)

Exhibition History

Plum, Orchid, Chrysanthemum, and Bamboo: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 07/06/2002 - 01/05/2003

Cultivating Virtue: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/08/2006 - 04/08/2007

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