Finispiece (other half of composition on matching frontispiece) Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Tosa Mitsuoki 土佐光起, Japanese (1617 - 1691)
Landscape around Ishiyamadera and Lake Biwa (Finispiece to an album containing 54 illustrations and calligraphic excerpts from the Tale of Genji)
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari gajō (Murasaki Shikibu, Ishiyama-dera)
Work Type
album leaf, painting
Early Edo period, circa late 17th century
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan, Kyoto Metropolitan Area, Kyōto
Edo period, 1615-1868
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Finispiece to an album of 54 (earlier) album leaves illustrating "The Tale of Genji"; ink, color, and gold on silk
H. 31.1 cm x W. 42.1 cm (12 1/4 x 16 9/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of the Hofer Collection of the Arts of Asia
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Kaori Chino, "Tokushû: Genji monogatari gajô - Hâvâdo Daigaku Bijutsukan zô" [Special Issue: The Tale of Genji Album in the Collection of Harvard University Art Museums] (Tokyo, Japan, 1997), p. 52

Anne Rose Kitagawa, "Behind the Scenes of Harvard's Tale of Genji album", Apollo, Vol. CLIV No. 477, November 2001, p. 30 / Fig. 3

Melissa McCormick, "Genji Goes West: The 1510 Genji Album and the Visualization of Court and Capital", Art Bulletin, College Art Association of America (New York, March 2003), LXXXV No. 1, p. 58 / Fig. 7

Melissa McCormick, The Tale of Genji: A Visual Companion, Princeton University Press (Princeton, 2018)

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