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Title

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

late 17th century


Artist

Tosa School

Japan


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.


Details


Other Title

Scene from the 'Tale of Genji'


Place where the work was made

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


Artist information

Tosa School

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history