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The Safflower (Suetsumu Hana), Illustration to Chapter 6 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)

Chapter 6: A is painting on left, B is calligraphy on right

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Japanese (c. 1434 - c. 1525)
The Safflower (Suetsumu Hana), Illustration to Chapter 6 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari), Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Suetsumu Hana
Painting
, Album Leaf
Japanese
,
16th century
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Creation Place: Kyôto, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Japan
The sixth 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. 18.0 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of the Hofer Collection of the Arts of Asia
, 1985.352.6.A
Description
Genji & Suetsumuhana watch as one of Genji’s men brushes snow from an orange tree in the garden.
Bibliography
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. 26

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. 186 with details on p. 188, 209 & 214

Takeshi Noguchi, Genji monogatari sennen kinen [The Millenium of The Tale of Genji], exh. cat., The Museum of Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan, April 2008), p. 160, Cat. No. 70

Taguchi Eiichi, Sugu wakaru Genji monogatari no kaiga, (Tokyo, 2009), p. 20

Akira Nagoya and Yuko Isazawa, ed., The Illustrated Handscroll of the Tale of Genji, exh. cat., ed. Akira Nagoya and Yuko Isazawa The Gotoh Museum (2010), p. 227, Fig. 21.

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