Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.352.52.A
People
After Tosa Mitsunobu, Japanese (active c. 1469-1522)
Title
The Mayfly (Kagerō), Illustration to Chapter 52 of the Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari: Kagerō
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
album leaf, painting
Date
16th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan, Kyoto Metropolitan Area, Kyōto
Period
Edo period, 1615-1868
Culture
Japanese
Physical Descriptions
Medium
(A REPLACEMENT:) The fifty-second 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. 18.4 cm (9 1/2 x 7 1/4 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
1985.352.52.A
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Kaoru spies the First Princess on a hot summer day.
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. 37

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. 3 / p. 232 with detail on p. 346

Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji, Folio Society (2016), vol. 2, ill. opp. p. 1124

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

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