The Burke Collection
Forty-nine scenes from Ise monogatari (伊勢物語), with calligraphy attributed to Satomura Genchin (里村玄陳; 1591–1665)
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Catalogue information

Edo period, mid-17th century

Pair of six-panel folding screens, with 98 shikishi of paintings and text; ink and red ink on paper (paintings); ink on paper (text)

Each screen 107.2 x 269 cm (42 1/4 in. x 8 ft. 9 7/8 in.)

Donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in 2015


Avitabile 1990, no. 70.
Avitabile, Gunhild
[Editor]. Die Kunst des alten Japan: Meisterwerke aus der Mary and Jackson Burke Collection, New York. Exh. cat. Frankfurt: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

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Additional details

[right screen] Episode 6

When my beloved asked, / “Is it a clear gem or / what might it be?” / would that I had replied, / “A dewdrop!” and [it] perished. // It is said that while the future Empress from the Second Ward was in attendance upon her cousin, the imperial consort, someone was fascinated by her beauty and carried her off on his back.

[left screen] Episode 83

… at nightfall. As he set out he recited. // When for an instant I forget, / how like a dream it seems … / never could I have imagined / that I would plod through snowdrifts / to see my lord. // He went back to the capital in tears.