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Young Murasaki (Waka Murasaki), Calligraphic Excerpt from Chapter 5 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)

Chapter 5: A is painting on left, B is calligraphy on right

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Japanese (1450 - 1526)
Young Murasaki (Waka Murasaki), Calligraphic Excerpt from Chapter 5 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari), Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Waka Murasaki
Calligraphy
, Album Leaf
Japanese
,
16th century
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Creation Place: Kyôto, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Japan
The fifth of a series of 54 kotobagaki (calligraphic album leaves) mounted in an album with illustrations; ink and color on paper
H. 24.2 cm x W. 18.4 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of the Hofer Collection of the Arts of Asia
, 1985.352.5.B
Description
Transliteration: Ohi tatamu / ari ka mo shiranu / wakakusa o / wokurasu tsuyu zo / kiemu sora naki.
Translation: When no one can say where it is the little plant will grow up at last, the dewdrop soon to leave her does not see how she can go.
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. 54

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

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