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Collection Online as of February 25, 2024

Shell of the Locust from Album of Illustrations for the Tale of Genji

Shell of the Locust from Album of Illustrations for the Tale of Genji

1600s
Each leaf: 26.3 x 22 cm (10 3/8 x 8 11/16 in.); Painting only: 17 x 20.6 cm (6 11/16 x 8 1/8 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

The illustrations are identified by chapter title in cartouches to the upper right of the paintings.

Description

This album contains illustrations for the classic literary work the Tale of Genji, authored in the 1000s by Murasaki Shikibu, an aristocrat of the Heian period (794–1185) court. The scenes are painted in the “white drawing” (hakubyō) mode, in which a fine ink line is used to depict figures and spaces with great subtlety, punctuated only occasionally by traces of red pigment for a character’s lips, a detail of a garment, or a decorative element. These two scenes illustrate episodes from the chapters “Thin Veil of Cloud” (Usugumo) and “Barrier Gate” (Sekiya).
  • ?–1961
    Mrs. Maurice [Vera Segal] Sterne [1904–c. 1965], Mount Kisco, NY, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    1961–
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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