The Warbler’S First Song (Hatsune), Illustration To Chapter 23 Of The Tale Of Genji (Genji Monogatari)
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.352.23.A
People
Tosa Mitsunobu, Japanese (active c. 1469-1522)
Title
The Warbler’s First Song (Hatsune), Illustration to Chapter 23 of the Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Hatsune
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
album leaf, painting
Date
Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Kyôto
Period
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Culture
Japanese
Physical Descriptions
Medium
The twenty-third of a series of 54 painted album leaves mounted in an album with calligraphic excerpts; ink, color, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H. 24.5 cm x W. 17.8 cm (9 5/8 x 7 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
1985.352.23.A
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Genji inspecting the calligraphy and belongings of the Akashi Lady in the northwest quarter.
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. 30

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. 2 / p. 116 with detail on p. 124

Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji, Folio Society (2016), vol. 1, ill. opp. p. 455

Exhibition History

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

32Q: 2600 East Asian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/20/2015 - 05/31/2015

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