Beneath The Oak (Shii Ga Moto), Illustration To Chapter 46 Of The
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.352.46.A
People
Tosa Mitsunobu, Japanese ( active c. 1469-1522)
Title
Beneath the Oak (Shii ga Moto), Illustration to Chapter 46 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Shii ga Moto
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting, album leaf
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 forty-sixth of a series of 54 painted album leaves mounted in an album with calligraphic excerpts; ink, color, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H. 24.2 cm x W. 18.0 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/16 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
1985.352.46.A
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
At the snowy villa of the Eighth Prince, Kaoru sits on the verandah reading a poem sent by Oigimi. She is seen with her sister and their servant.
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. 36

Le Dit du Genji de Murasaki-shikibu [The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu]: Illustré par la peinture traditionnelle japonaise du XII au XVII siècle [Illustrated by traditional Japanese painting of the 12th through 17th century], Editions Diane de Selliers (Paris, France, 2007 & 2008), Vol. 3 / p. 148 with details on p. 154 (2), 162 & 166

Taguchi Eiichi, Sugu wakaru Genji monogatari no kaiga (Tokyo, 2009), p. 129

Exhibition History

Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Paintings from China, Korea, and Japan, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/25/2000 - 08/26/2001

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