unsigned; strip of paper featuring images from the Tale of Genji; two women seated behind low tables at L with two other figures outside the room facing them; three female figures within a room L of C; two men outside the room at R

Scene from the "Spring Shoots II" Chapter of The Tale of Genji, 16th century

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Although it is now mounted as a hanging scroll, this painting is one small section of a set of handscrolls illustrating The Tale of Genji. The painter, likely a woman, depicts a scene from chapter 35, “Spring Shoots II,” when Genji accompanies several women on a pilgrimage. The women are shown in interior spaces defined by diagonal walls and screens. At far right two men are seated on a veranda. The three principal female characters at left are each identified by name. Monochrome drawings like this represent a style of painting known as hakubyō, or “white drawing.” Hakubyō-style pictures of The Tale of Genji were popular during the Muromachi period (1392–1573) and were created by amateur women painters in a private, aristocratic setting, in stark contrast to the colorful folding screens usually commissioned by powerful men and done by professional painters.

Details
Title
Scene from the "Spring Shoots II" Chapter of The Tale of Genji
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.36
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 64
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unsigned; strip of paper featuring images from the Tale of Genji; two women seated behind low tables at L with two other figures outside the room facing them; three female figures within a room L of C; two men outside the room at R