Murasaki Shikibu composing the Tale of Genji at Ishiyamadera

Murasaki Shikibu ( A young woman with writing materials in a pavilion overlooking a river).
Full color, ink and gold.
Two inscriptions, signature and seal.

Maker(s)
Artist: Gakutei Harunobu (active ca. 1813 - ca. 1868)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 19th century
Medium
Full color, ink, and gold on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 38.5 × 54.8 cm (15 3/16 × 21 9/16 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1901.166
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Hanging scroll

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, kakemono, pavilion, river, The Tale of Genji, ukiyo-e, woman, writing
Provenance

To 1901
Ernest Francisco Fenollosa (1853-1908), New York, NY, and Spring Hill, AL, to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ernest Francisco Fenollosa in 1901 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Kakemono List, pg. 58, no. 258, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Ernest Francisco Fenollosa (C.L. Freer source) 1853 - 1908
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Description

Murasaki Shikibu ( A young woman with writing materials in a pavilion overlooking a river).
Full color, ink and gold.
Two inscriptions, signature and seal.

Inscription(s)

Two inscriptions.

Marking(s)

Seal: [Jap], but the radical of the second character is no longer legible, and [Jap] are uncertain.

Published References
  • Harold P. Stern Narasaki Muneshige. Ukiyo-e shuka. vol. 16, Tokyo. pl. 27.
  • Elisabeth West FitzHugh. A Pigment Census of Ukiyo-e Paintings in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 11 Washington and Ann Arbor, 1979. pp. 27-38.
  • Harold P. Stern. Ukiyo-e Painting. Exh. cat. Washington and Baltimore, 1973. cat. 46, pp. 116-119.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum