The Green Branch (Sakaki), Illustration To Chapter 10 Of The
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.352.10.A
People
Tosa Mitsunobu, Japanese ( active c. 1469-1522)
Title
The Green Branch (Sakaki), Illustration to Chapter 10 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Sakaki
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 tenth 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. 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
1985
Object Number
1985.352.10.A
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
Genji beckons to Rokujo with a branch of the sacred Sakaki tree in hopes of persuading her not to join her daughter as a Shinto priestess at Ise Shrine. Two male attendants are visible near the torii.
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. 27

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. 278 with detail on p. 283

Taguchi Eiichi, Sugu wakaru Genji monogatari no kaiga (Tokyo, 2009), p. 31

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. 74 / Fig. 23 (left) & p. 75 / Fig. 24 (detail)

Exhibition History

Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th-19th Centuries, Japan Society Gallery, New York, 10/17/2002 - 12/31/2002

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

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