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Beneath the Autumn Leaves (Momiji no Ga), Illustration to Chapter 7 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)

Chapter 7: A is painting on left, B is calligraphy on right

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Japanese (c. 1434 - c. 1525)
Beneath the Autumn Leaves (Momiji no Ga), Illustration to Chapter 7 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari), Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Momiji no Ga
Painting
, Album Leaf
Japanese
,
16th century
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Creation Place: Kyôto, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Japan
The seventh of a series of 54 painted album leaves mounted in an album with calligraphic excerpts; ink, color, and gold on paper
H. 24.1 cm x W. 18.1 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of the Hofer Collection of the Arts of Asia
, 1985.352.7.A
Description
Genji & Tô no Chûjô dance the “Waves of the Blue Ocean” at the Suzaku Palace for the festival planned by the Emperor in honor of Fujitsubo’s advanced pregnancy (which was, unbeknownst to the emperor, fathered by Genji).
Bibliography
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. 26

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. 77 / Fig. 27 (left)

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. 1 / p. 220 with details on p. 222, 224 (2) & Vol. 2 / p. 298

Exhibition History
The Millennium of the Tale of Genji, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto, 04/26/2008 - 06/08/2008
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