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The Cicada Shell (Utsusemi), Illustration to Chapter 3 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)

Chapter 3: A is painting on left, B is calligraphy on right

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Japanese (c. 1434 - c. 1525)
The Cicada Shell (Utsusemi), Illustration to Chapter 3 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari), Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Utsusemi
Painting
, Album Leaf
Japanese
,
16th century
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Creation Place: Kyôto, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Japan
The third of a series of 54 painted album leaves mounted in an album with calligraphic excerpts; ink, color, and gold on paper
H. 24.0 cm x W. 17.8 cm (9 7/16 x 7 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of the Hofer Collection of the Arts of Asia
, 1985.352.3.A
Description
Genji peeks in to watch as Utsusemi and Nokiba no Ogi play go by lamplight on the humid summer night. Utsusemi’s little brother attends the women.
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

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. 118 with detail on p. 120

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