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
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.)
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
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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