The Green Branch (Sakaki), Illustration To Chapter 10 Of The Tale Of Genji (Genji Monogatari)
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Tosa Mitsunobu, Japanese (active c. 1469-1522)
The Green Branch (Sakaki), Illustration to Chapter 10 of the Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Sakaki
Work Type
painting, album leaf
Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Kyôto
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Physical Descriptions
The tenth of a series of 54 painted album leaves mounted in an album with calligraphic excerpts; ink, color, and gold on paper
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
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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

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)

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

Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji, Folio Society (2016), vol. 1, ill. opp. p. 214

Exhibition History

Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th-19th Centuries, Japan Society, 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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