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Kaoru Saito, Japanese, b. 1931
The Lady Murasaki, Author of "The Tale of Genji", 1991
Ink on paper
17 11/16 x 14 7/8 in. (44.96 x 37.85 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Mezzotint
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2012.1.10


Full Title: The Tale of Genji - Chinshi (Meditation), Vol. 10, the Lady Murasaki, Author of "The Tale of Genji"

Commentary
"Chinshi" is a portrait of the Lady Murasaki, the author of "The Tale of Genji." The six works in volume ten include titles from "The Four Seasons of the Dynasty" by the poetess Saeko Ozaki. The volume was completed by the portrait of Murasaki Shikibu, the author of "The Tale of Genji," and a pheasant chick.

"Genji Monogatari" ("The Tale of Genji") was written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu in the Heian Period, and is considered to be a masterpiece of Japanese literature. The novel chronicles the life of Prince Genji and the people of his court. This story has proven to be a major influence on practically every aspect of Japanese culture over hundreds of years.

Marks
signed by the artist in pencil, lower right margin; edition number, lower left margin

Medium
ink on thick, laid paper

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