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Heart-to-Heart (Aoi), Illustration to Chapter 9 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)

Chapter 9: A is painting on left, B is calligraphy on right

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Japanese (c. 1434 - c. 1525)
Heart-to-Heart (Aoi), Illustration to Chapter 9 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari), Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Aoi
Painting
, Album Leaf
Japanese
,
16th century
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Creation Place: Kyôto, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Japan
The ninth 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. 17.8 cm (9 1/2 x 7 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of the Hofer Collection of the Arts of Asia
, 1985.352.9.A
Description
Battle of the Carriages (kuruma no arasoi): Footmen jostle for position for their masters’ carriages. Aoi’s carriage ousts that of the Rokujo Lady, an event which leads eventually to Aoi’s spiritual possession and death (after giving birth to Yûgiri).
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. 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. 244

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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