Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Woodcuts
The Tale of Genji, one of the most important works of Japanese literature, recounts the adventures of Genji, a lover, poet, and ideal eleventh-century courtier. This print, which is the right panel of a triptych, is from a mid-nineteenth-century retelling of the tale written by Ryutei Tanehiko.
Genji sits in a garden listening to the short-lived crickets with his wife, who tells him, "I have long since learned how very cruel a time autumn often brings, yet I would not wish to lose the bell cricket's lovely song," to which he replies, "You may, for yourself, have no wish but to be free of this poor abode, yet your sweet bell cricket song for me will never grow old."
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- Refers to the cultures of the continent of Asia, which is in the eastern hemisphere, and is bounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Arctic Ocean, and is generally considered to be delimited on the west by the Ural Mountains. It also refers to the numerous islands off the coast of Asia.
- Paintings or prints that depict beautiful women. This term, which literally means "pictures of beautiful women," was most likely coined in the Edo period (1615-1868) or the Meiji period (1868-1912). Before this period, these pictures may have been called "onna-e" or "bijin-e".
- Refers to pigment in a medium, such as ink, water, or oil. A common example is in referring to the media of Asian art (e.g., "ink and color on paper").
- Woodcuts that incorporate color, usually through combining a series of blocks in precise registration that have been inked with individual hues and pressed onto one support.
- Groups of individuals related by blood, marriage, adoption, or cohabitation.
- Representations of humans, animals, or mythical beasts, in any medium.
- Material comprising flowers, which are the reproductive portion of any plant in the division Magnoliophyta (Angiospermae).
- The reproductive portions of any plant in the division Angiospermae, flowering plants. As popularly used, the term "flower" especially applies when part or all of the reproductive structure is distinctive in color and form.
- Nationality, periods, cultures, and styles found in Japan, either in historical times or in the present.
- Refers to a chief authority or ruler. It often refers particularly to certain male members of royal families, usually the sons or grandsons of kings or queens. The term may also be used to designate lower-ranking nobles. Princes are always males; for female rulers or daughters of kings and queens, see "princesses."
- Paintings or carvings consisting of or mounted on three attached panels, often hinged so that the outer wings fold over the central portion; a common form for altarpieces. Also used for other works having three related images side by side.
- Distinctive genre in painting and other media, but most prominently in woodblock printing. It arose in the Edo period (1600-1868) and built up a broad popular market among the middle classes. Subject matter typically focused on brothel districts and kabuki theatres, with formats ranging from single sheet prints to book illustrations. Generally, the style is characterized by a mixture of the realistic narrative of the Kamakura period and the mature decorative style of the Momoyama and Edo periods. Distinctive styles and specialties in subject matter were developed by different schools throughout the period.
- Prints made using the process of woodcut, which is a relief process in which the design is cut into and printed from the plank side of a wood block; distinct from "wood engraving (process)," which is a relief process using the grain end of a wood block.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
The Tale of Genji: From Princesses to Pop
Bryn Mawr College
, Jan 25, 2017 – Mar 5, 2017
Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College
, Sep 24, 2010 – May 28, 2011
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
and Emily Croll.
Worlds to Discover.
Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
Page Number: 28
Marianne Hansen, ed.
"The Tale of Genji."
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