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The Twilight Beauty (Yûgao), Illustration to Chapter 4 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)

Chapter 4: A is painting on left, B is calligraphy on right

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Japanese (c. 1434 - c. 1525)
The Twilight Beauty (Yûgao), Illustration to Chapter 4 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari), Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Yûgao
Painting
, Album Leaf
Japanese
,
16th century
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Creation Place: Kyôto, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Japan
The fourth 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
, 1985.352.4.A
Description
Genji & Yûgao together in a garden room listening to the sound of fabric being pounded (upper right) and an old man praying in preparation for a pilgrimage (lower left).
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. 25

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

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. 76 / Fig. 25 (left)

Charo B. D'Etcheverry, Love After _The Tale of Genji_: Rewriting the World of the Shining Prince, Harvard University Asia Center Publications and Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 2007), Cover image (with caption info on rear inside dust jacket)

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. 128 with details on p. 136 (2), 137 & 149

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

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