TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY Scenes from The Tale of Genji

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Lot 2141
TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY
Scenes from The Tale of Genji

Sold for US$ 23,180 inc. premium

Fine Japanese Works of Art

25 Mar 2010, 13:00 EDT

New York

TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY
Scenes from The Tale of Genji
Ten paintings mounted as an accordion album; ink, color, gold and gold leaf on paper with gesso; brocade cover and silvered-metal fittings carved with floral scrolls
9 1/8 x 9 1/4in (23.2 x 23.5cm)

Footnotes

  • The Tale of Genji, written around the year 1000, is considered to be the earliest psychological and romantic novel. It was written at a time of nascent Japanese self-awareness and heralds Japan's cultural independence from China and the emergence of a class of witty and intelligent female writers. These women developed a phonetic script based on the Chinese characters thought to be too difficult for their weak and delicate minds to master. Genji's authoress, Murasaki Shikibu, was a lady-in-waiting to the Empress Shoshi. She captured her audience of eager women with tales of the 'shining prince', an idealized courtier who stole the hearts and fantasies of the neglected women of the Heian court. The first 40 chapters of the tale recount the many romances of its hero, Genji. As the paradigmatic male, he is caring, compassionate and generous. His beauty is unparalleled, as are his achievements in the arts of calligraphy, poetry, incense and music. He is sensitive, appreciates beauty in all forms and is an exceptional lover. He is the supreme symbol of the ideals valued by the cultivated court of the Late Heian period (900-1185). Genji is believed to be modeled after Fujiwara no Michinaga (966-1027) patriarch of the Fujiwara family. The remaining 14 chapters of the tale continue on past the death of Genji to pursue the less distinguished careers of his progeny, Niou and Kaoru.


    From early times, Genji inspired poets and artists to bring forth and depict scenes from the story using a variety of media including books, handscrolls, screens and albums. This album illustrates scenes from the early chapters of prince Genji's life. For an example of scenes from the tale illustrated on a pair of screens, see lot 2162.
TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY Scenes from The Tale of Genji
TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY Scenes from The Tale of Genji
TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY Scenes from The Tale of Genji
TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY Scenes from The Tale of Genji
TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY Scenes from The Tale of Genji
TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY Scenes from The Tale of Genji
TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY Scenes from The Tale of Genji
TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY Scenes from The Tale of Genji
TOSA SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY Scenes from The Tale of Genji
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