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An image of Episode from ‘Akashi’ (Chapter 13) of the 'Tale of Genji' by Tosa School

Tosa School

(Japan  – )

Episode from ‘Akashi’ (Chapter 13) of the 'Tale of Genji'
Other titles:
Scene from the 'Tale of Genji'
Place of origin
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
late 17th century
Media category
Materials used
colour and gold on paper

28.8 x 21.4 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift from the estate of Dr. Mary Heseltine 2003
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

In his dreams Genji is repeatedly entreated to leave the wretched abode of his exile. One day, the priest from Akashi arrives in Suma claiming that he has been instructed in a dream to lead Genji away from this lonely place. The priest and his wife go out of their way to serve Genji in Akashi, hoping to secure his interest in their only daughter. Despite her humble origins, the Akashi lady is beautiful and artistically gifted, and Genji begins exchanging poems with her. On an evening in late summer, Genji sets out to visit her.The small entourage is seen here travelling along the seashore of Akashi on a moonlit night.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW.

Exhibition history (1)

Genji - the world of the Shining Prince, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Dec 2008–15 Feb 2009