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Title

Chapter 'Asagao' from 'The Tale of Genji' with accompanying calligraphy

1650-1700

Artist

Sumiyoshi Gukei

Japan

1631 – 1705

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1650-1700
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    two album leaves, illustration: ink, colour and gold on silk; calligraphy: ink on decorated paper
    Dimensions

    a - painting, 21.2 x 18.2 cm

    b - calligraphy, 39.4 cm

    Credit
    Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2009
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    313.2009.a-b
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Sumiyoshi Gukei

    Works in the collection

    4

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  • About

    Along with the Tosa-school in Kyoto, the Sumiyoshi lineage is considered the most important exponent of the indigenous Yamato-e tradition. The son of Sumiyoshi Jōkei (1561-1633), Gukei followed his father from Kyoto to Edo in the 17th century to work as an official painter for the Tokugawa Shogunate. In 1682, Gukei was appointed ‘painter-in-attendance’ ('oku eshi') to Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi. This high rank secured the future of the Sumiyoshi lineage. Later, he was awarded the honorary title of 'hōgen' (‘Eye of the Dharma’).

    The album leaf ‘Asagao’ and the accompanying calligraphy belongs to a set of 54 images (and 54 calligraphy), illustrating the 54 chapters of the 11th century literary masterwork 'The Tale of Genji'. Gukei’s illustration follows the traditional iconography for this chapter (Chapter 20 in the tale), showing Prince Genji’s attempt to cheer up Murasaki by ordering colourfully dressed page girls to shape snow balls in a wintry garden.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2009.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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