Butterflies (Kochô), Illustration To Chapter 24 Of The
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.352.24.A
People
Tosa Mitsunobu, Japanese ( active c. 1469-1522)
Title
Butterflies (Kochô), Illustration to Chapter 24 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Kochô
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 twenty-fourth of a series of 54 painted album leaves mounted in an album with calligraphic excerpts; ink, color, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H. 24.2 cm x W. 17.9 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/16 in.)
Aquisition 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
1985.352.24.A
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Phoenix & Dragon Boats with Chinese-styled pages at their helms. Cherry trees, yamabuki and wisteria in bloom in Murasaki’s garden.
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. 30

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. 128 with detail on p. 130

A Decade of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions by the Harvard University Art Museums, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, Spring 2000), p. 6

Exhibition History

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

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