Shows both volumes of the remounted Genji Album Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
The "Tale of Genji" Album (Genji monogatari gajō), Part 1
Other Titles
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari gajō
Paintings with Calligraphy
Work Type
Muromachi period, remounted in 17th c. and again in 1998-99
Creation Place: East Asia, Japan, Kyoto Metropolitan Area, Kyōto
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
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Physical Descriptions
First of two albums, each containing twenty-seven paired paintings & calligraphic excerpts, this one mounted with a later frontispiece at the beginning
Closed: H. 34.1 x W. 44.9 x D. 14.7 cm (13 7/16 x 17 11/16 x 5 13/16 in.)
Philip Hofer, Cambridge, MA (by 1985), bequest; to Harvard University Museums, 1985.
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

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

Exhibition History

Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th-19th Centuries, Japan Society, New York, 10/17/2002 - 12/31/2002

The Millennium of the Tale of Genji, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto, 04/26/2008 - 06/08/2008

32Q: 2600 East Asian, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 05/31/2015; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/04/2015 - 11/29/2015

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 03/05/2019 - 06/16/2019

Subjects and Contexts

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