Sep 28, 2010

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



Album leaf; ink on dyed paper with gold

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

Edward L. Whittemore Fund 1933.455


Did you know?

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


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.

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