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Writing Box with Design of Maple Leaves and Bugaku Hat from the Tale of Genji

Artist:
Style of Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuō) (Japanese, 1663–1747)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Gold and glazed pottery on colored lacquer inlaid with mother-of-pearl
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); W. 7 in. (17.8 cm); L 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.100.141a–e
Not on view
A Bugaku hat and scattered maple leaves evoke the aura of the fictional prince Genji, the ideal Heian gentleman of sensitivity, elegance, and accomplishment. The images recall the episode in The Tale of Genji (Momijiga) in which the prince and his friend awe guests during an autumn festival at the palace with their dancing to "Waves of the Blue Sea," a piece that came into Japanese court music and dance from Tang China.
Signature: (inside cover) Ritsuo-sai

Marking: Seal: "Kan"
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
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