Tale Of Genji Album (Genji Monogatari Gajô) Of Illustrations And Calligraphic Excerpts, Now In Two Volumes
Chapter 35: A is painting on left, B is calligraphy on right © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.352
People
Illustrations by Tosa Mitsunobu, Japanese ( active c. 1469-1522)
Calligraphic excerpts by Fushimi no Miya Kunitaka Shinnô, Konoe Hisamichi, Sanjônishi Sanetaka, Jôhôji Kôjo, Reizei Tamehiro, Son'ô Jugô, Japanese ( mid 15th-early 16th century)
Frontispiece & finispiece by Tosa Mitsuoki, Japanese ( 1617 - 1691)
Title
Tale of Genji Album (Genji monogatari gajô) of Illustrations and Calligraphic Excerpts, now in Two Volumes
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari gajô
Classification
Paintings with Calligraphy
Work Type
album
Date
Muromachi period (c. 1509), remounted in late 17th century and again in 1998-99
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Kyôto
Period
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Culture
Japanese
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Album (now split into two volumes) of 54 paired paintings and kotobagaki (calligraphic excerpts), with later frontispiece and finispiece paintings
Dimensions
Each volume (closed): H. 34.1 x W. 44.9 x D. 14.7 cm (13 7/16 x 17 11/16 x 11 9/16 in.)
Each chapter pair (approx.): H. 24.3 cm x W. 36.5 cm (9 9/16 x 14 3/8 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
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Publication History

Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Shugyoku no Nihon bijutsu: Hosomi Korekushon no zembô, Bosuton, Kurîburando, Sakkurâ no wadaisaku, exh. cat. (Chiba, Japan, 1996), Cat. 85

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)

Melissa McCormick, “Documentation Concerning the Production of the Tale of Genji Album (Harvard University Art Museums) Recorded in the Diary of Sanjonishi Sanetaka.”, Kokka (Tokyo, 1999), No. 1241, pp. 27-28

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)

Melissa McCormick, Tosa Mitsunobu and the Small Scroll in Medieval Japan, University of Washington Press (Seattle, WA, 2009), pp. 93-94, fig. 35

Takeshi Noguchi, Genji monogatari sennen kinen [The Millenium of The Tale of Genji], exh. cat., The Museum of Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan, April 2008), Cat. No. 70

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. 55 / Fig. 2

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

Aya Ryusawa, Kaiga de tsuzuru Genji monogatari [The Tale of Genji through Painting], exh. cat., The Tokugawa Art Museum (Nagoya, Japan, October 2005)

Exhibition History

Masterworks of East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/03/1995 - 06/09/1996

The Legacy of Japanese Art, Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, 10/01/1996 - 11/16/1996

Nature as Metaphor: Paintings from China, Korea, and Japan, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/12/1998 - 02/13/2000

A Decade of Collecting: Asian Acquisitions 1990-1999, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/11/2000 - 11/05/2000

Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Paintings from China, Korea, and Japan, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/25/2000 - 08/26/2001

Plum, Orchid, Chrysanthemum, and Bamboo: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 07/06/2002 - 01/05/2003

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

A Compelling Legacy: Masterworks of East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/24/2004 - 03/20/2005

Cultivating Virtue: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/08/2006 - 04/08/2007

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

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