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The Picture Contest (E-Awase), Illustration to Chapter 17 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)

Chapter 17: A is painting on left, B is calligraphy on right

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Japanese (c. 1434 - c. 1525)
The Picture Contest (E-Awase), Illustration to Chapter 17 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari), Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: E-Awase
Painting
, Album Leaf
Japanese
,
16th century
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Creation Place: Kyôto, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Japan
The seventeenth of a series of 54 painted album leaves mounted in an album with calligraphic excerpts; ink, color, and gold on paper
H. 24.3 cm x W. 18.1 cm (9 9/16 x 7 1/8 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of the Hofer Collection of the Arts of Asia
, 1985.352.17.A
Description
Genji shows Murasaki the paintings he did while in exile at Suma. Two other women in attendance.
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. 5 / Plate 1 & p. 29

Anne Rose Kitagawa, "Behind the Scenes of Harvard's Tale of Genji album", November 2001

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. 72 / Fig. 21 (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. 2 / p. 12 with detail on p. 16

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 65

Akira Nagoya and Yuko Isazawa, ed., The Illustrated Handscroll of the Tale of Genji, exh. cat., ed. Akira Nagoya and Yuko Isazawa The Gotoh Museum (2010), p. 221, Fig. 7.

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