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Murasaki Shikibu

A work made of color woodblock print; oban.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; oban.


Edo period (1615–1868), about 1784


Torii Kiyonaga
Japanese, 1752-1815

About this artwork

The famous author of the “Genji Monogatari” is depicted seated on the engawa of one of the buildings of Ishiyama. Buddhist temple on a rocky hillside overlooking Lake Biwa where she is said to have written that classic romance. Writing materials are upon a low tabl e before her and she holds a brush in her hand.


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Arts of Asia


Torii Kiyonaga


Murasaki Shikibu


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Color woodblock print; oban


36.1 × 24.5 cm (14 1/4 × 9 11/16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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