Fan paintings of The Tale of Genji on Screens

Genji Monogatari Senmen Harimaze Byobu
Genji Monogatari Senmen Harimaze Byobu
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Genji Monogatari Senmen Harimaze Byobu
Miniature byobu, size: w. 73 cm (28.7") x h. 32 cm (12.5"), right byobu only

In the mid-15 century, the artists of the Tosa school Tosaha, under aristocratic patronage, started to produce genji-e in a miniaturist style saimitsuga with extensive use of gilt and colors in small formats such as shikishi and fans, senmen. Most often one episode was chosen from each of the 54 chapters and bound together to make an album (gajo) or arranged and pasted on a pair of folding screens, harimaze byoubu. Text passages in these works are usually brief, and sometimes included only the chapter titles. Tosa artists also decorated the covers hyoushi of manuscripts of the Tale of Genji in their distinctive style. Examples dating from the late 15 century to early 16 century include: "Fan paintings of The Tale of Genji on Screens" Genji monogatari senmen harimaze byobu, Jodoji Temple in Hiroshima.