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Title

Episode from ‘Akashi’ (Chapter 13) of the 'Tale of Genji'

late 17th century

Artist

Tosa School

Japan

  • Details

    Other Title
    Scene from the 'Tale of Genji'
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    late 17th century
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    colour and gold on paper
    Dimensions
    28.8 x 21.4 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift from the estate of Dr. Mary Heseltine 2003
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    336.2003
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tosa School

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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