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Tosa School, Japanese
Utsusemi, Chapter 3, ca. 1650
ink, colors, gold and silver on paper
8 3/8 x 9 3/4 in. (21.3 x 24.8 cm)


Object Type: Painting
Technique: Painting
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Richard L. Mellott
Accession Number: 2015.10.1


Commentary
The Tosa School produced hundreds of such albums over 500 years when their "production line" studios painted works of both deluxe quality and "affordable" quality for a wide variety of patrons. This work is an early example that falls into the second group, probably owned by a merchant family interested in "the classics."

Professor Bruce Coats
Scripps College

Medium
ink, colors, gold and silver on paper

Object Description
This work depicts Genji spying on Utsusemi playing "Go" with Nokiba no Ogi.

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