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The Paulownia Pavilion (Kiritsubo), Illustration to Chapter 1 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari)

Chapter 1: A is painting on left, B is calligraphy on right

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Japanese (active c. 1469-1522)
The Paulownia Pavilion (Kiritsubo), Illustration to Chapter 1 of the "Tale of Genji" (Genji monogatari), Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Kiritsubo
Painting
, Album Leaf
Japanese
,
16th century
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Creation Place: Kyôto, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Japan
The first 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. 17.9 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
, 1985.352.1.A
Description
Genji’s initiation ceremonies at age 12. Six men in black court garb seen before the small boy seated on a raised mat. The emperor sits at upper 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

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. 61 / Fig. 12 (left)

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. 60 with detail on p. 85

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