After Iwasa Matabei (17th century). <em>Scene from the Tale of Genji (Hana No En, “Festival of the Cherry Blossoms”)</em>, 17th century. Hanging scroll, ink color and gold leaf on paper, 49 3/16 x 18 1/8 in. (125 x 46 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mrs. Louis Nathanson and the Frank L. Babbott Fund, 66.76 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 66.76_IMLS_SL2.jpg)

Scene from the Tale of Genji (Hana No En, “Festival of the Cherry Blossoms”)

Artist:Iwasa Matabei

Medium: Hanging scroll, ink color and gold leaf on paper

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Dates:17th century

Dimensions: 49 3/16 x 18 1/8 in. (125 x 46 cm) Image: 18 3/8 x 13 5/16 in. (46.6 x 33.8 cm)

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Museum Location: Scroll Shelving - Unit 46

Accession Number: 66.76

Image: 66.76_IMLS_SL2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The scene shows Genji and the princess, Oborozukiyo, meeting on the terrace of a pavilion overlooking a garden. Gold clouds waft through the scene. The moon is seen above the clouds to the left of the lovers. The pavilion stands above a stream colored blue. The cherry blossoms are in bloom on trees to the left of the pavilion and somewhat obscured by the clouds. A green hill can be seen rising in the top left. The lady is dressed in layers of kimono. The outer kimono is colored red and decorated with a gold floral design, her black hair streams down her back like a cascading waterfall. Genji is dressed in a brocaded garment which was originally silver but has since oxidized and is black. The longish face of Genji, rather prominent nose, smallish eyes and mouth form are in the style of Iwasa Matabei.

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