Jun 5, 2013
Jun 5, 2013

Scene from the Tale of the Wisteria Robe

Scene from the Tale of the Wisteria Robe

藤の衣物語絵巻断簡

1400s

Section of a handscroll mounted as a hanging scroll; ink on paper

Image: 16.2 x 33 cm (6 3/8 x 13 in.); Overall: 105.4 x 57.2 cm (41 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1985.132

Location

Exhibition

Stories in Japanese Art (Japanese art rotation)

Did you know?

Members of the court, both male and female, are depicted in dress and hairstyles from the earlier Heian period (794–1185).

Description

The Tale of the Wisteria Robe chronicles the family saga and spiritual wanderings of a noble whose garment has a signature scent. In the complete set of two scrolls, the paintings were preceded by textual passages and included dialogue floating over the characters depicted. This fragment of the story shows several figures engaged in private conversations held in chambers divided by sliding doors. Numerical notations in the text indicate the order in which things are being said.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.