A Japanese Classic, Dimly Illuminated — Hyperallergic

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— by David Carrier: The Tale of Genji. A Japanese Classic Illuminated, the first major loan exhibition in North America devoted to this famous Japanese book, includes more than 120 works — paintings, calligraphy, silk robes, wedding robes, and some modern popular art. The Tale of Genji, created about a thousand years ago, was the world’s first novel. Its author, Murasaki Shikibu, a woman of high privilege, wrote in vernacular Japanese. She also knew Chinese, an unusual skill for a woman in her culture…

Image: Tosa Mitsuoki, “Murasaki Shikibu Composing ‘The Tale of Genji’” (detail, 17th century, Edo period), hanging scroll; ink and color on silk; image: 35 5/8 × 20 3/4 inches; overall with mounting: 66 9/16 × 26 7/16 inches; overall with knobs: 66 9/16 × 28 9/16 inches; lent by Ishiyamadera Temple, courtesy Ishiyamadera/The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

May 25, 2019

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