The Paulownia Pavilion (Kiritsubo), Illustration To Chapter 1 Of The Tale Of Genji (Genji Monogatari)
Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.352.1.A
People
Tosa Mitsunobu, Japanese (active c. 1469-1522)
Title
The Paulownia Pavilion (Kiritsubo), Illustration to Chapter 1 of the Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Kiritsubo
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 first of a series of 54 painted album leaves mounted in an album with calligraphic excerpts; ink, color, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H. 24.2 cm x W. 17.9 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/16 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
1985.352.1.A
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
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.
Exhibition History

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

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Verification Level

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