Tale of Genji: Ch. 6, Suetsumuhana, c. 1955
Ink, colors, and silver on paper
8 7/16 x 11 15/16 in. (21 x 30 cm)
"Genji Monogatari" (The Tale of Genji) Chapter 6, "Suetsumuhana". The name, Suetsumuhana, is the archaic Japanese word for safflower, and it is the name of a female character in "The Tale of Genji" who is a gifted koto player, whose skill and talent he admires. Her nose, however, does not appeal to the prince.
The work bears the artist's seal, "Masao."
Ink, colors, and silver-colored metallic pigments on paper
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