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
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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