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Kaoru Saito, Japanese, b. 1931
The Tale of Genji - Suma, Vol. 2, 1983
Ink on paper
18 7/8 x 15 3/8 in. (48.01 x 39.12 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: 2012.1.8


Commentary
From the classic work of Japanese literature, "Tale of Genji." "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. This particular image depicts a scene from Chapter 12, Volume 2, ("Suma"), of the work.

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

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