Portion of Text from the "Wisps of Cloud" (Usugumo) Chapter of The Tale of Genji

Portion of Text from the "Wisps of Cloud" (Usugumo) Chapter of The Tale of Genji

源氏物語内薄雲の詞書

1600s-1700s

Ink on dyed paper with gold

Overall: 23.3 x 21.3 cm (9 3/16 x 8 3/8 in.)

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1933.455

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Some say The Tale of Genji is the world's first novel.

Description

The calligraphy brushed on this paper, decorated with a cherry tree seen through clouds, narrates a portion of The Tale of Genji. A scene often illustrated in painted albums and later woodblock prints, it describes Genji taking leave of his love, Murasaki, to see the Akashi Lady, his other love, whose daughter, now in Murasaki's care, clings to Genji's hem as he moves to depart.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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