Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.352.20.A
People
Tosa Mitsunobu, Japanese (active c. 1469-1522)
Title
The Bluebell (Asagao), Illustration to Chapter 20 of the Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Asagao
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
album leaf, painting
Date
Muromachi period, datable to 1509-1510
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan, Kyoto Metropolitan Area, Kyōto
Period
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Culture
Japanese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/199937
Physical Descriptions
Medium
The twentieth 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
1985.352.20.A
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Genji and Murasaki watch from the verandah as maidservants form a large snowball in the garden.
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. 29

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. 52 with details on p. 61 (2)

Takeshi Noguchi, Genji monogatari sennen kinen [The Millenium of The Tale of Genji], exh. cat., The Museum of Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan, April 2008), p. 161, Cat. No. 70

Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji, Folio Society (2016), vol. 1, frontis

Melissa McCormick, The Tale of Genji: A Visual Companion, Princeton University Press (Princeton, 2018)

Exhibition History

A Decade of Collecting: Asian Acquisitions 1990-1999, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/11/2000 - 11/05/2000

A Compelling Legacy: Masterworks of East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/24/2004 - 03/20/2005

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, 11/16/2014 - 03/20/2015

Subjects and Contexts

Google Art Project

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