The Picture Contest (E-Awase), Illustration To Chapter 17 Of The
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.352.17.A
People
Tosa Mitsunobu, Japanese ( active c. 1469-1522)
Title
The Picture Contest (E-Awase), Illustration to Chapter 17 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: E-Awase
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
album leaf, painting
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 seventeenth of a series of 54 painted album leaves mounted in an album with calligraphic excerpts; ink, color, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H. 24.3 cm x W. 18.1 cm (9 9/16 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
1985
Object Number
1985.352.17.A
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Genji shows Murasaki the paintings he did while in exile at Suma. Two other women in attendance.
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. 5 / Plate 1 & p. 29

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

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 65

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

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)

Anne Rose Kitagawa, "Behind the Scenes of Harvard's Tale of Genji album", November 2001, p. 28 / Fig. 1 (left) & cover (detail)

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Verification Level

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