“Leaves of Wild Ginger” (Aoi), from the Phantom Genji Scrolls (Maboroshi no Genji monogatari emaki)
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This fragment from the Phantom Genji Scrolls depicts the funeral of Genji’s wife, Aoi. In an episode wrought with grief and lamentation, her body is taken to the mortuary grounds of Toribeno. A prelate wearing the orange robes and light blue mantle of a high-ranking Tendai monk performs rites before a richly ornamented altar. The cremation is rendered in bold clarity, with sculptural crimson flames enveloping a brilliant jeweled casket.
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