Beneath The Autumn Leaves (Momiji No Ga), Illustration To Chapter 7 Of The Tale Of Genji (Genji Monogatari)
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Tosa Mitsunobu, Japanese (active c. 1469-1522)
Beneath the Autumn Leaves (Momiji no Ga), Illustration to Chapter 7 of the Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Momiji no Ga
Work Type
album leaf, painting
Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Kyôto
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Physical Descriptions
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.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of the Hofer Collection of the Arts of Asia
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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).
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. 26

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

The Samurai and Genji monogatari (The Tale of Genji), Bulletin of the Detroit Institue of Arts (Detroit, 2014), Vol. 88, no. 1/4, pp. 59-60, fig. 1

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)

Exhibition History

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

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Verification Level

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