The Burke Collection
“Tamakazura” (玉鬘) chapter of Genji monogatari (源氏物語)
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(長次郎; fl. early 17th century)

Catalogue information

Momoyama period

Album leaves, mounted as pair of hanging scrolls

Painting: ink, color, and gold on paper; text: ink, gold, and silver on paper

Each leaf 24.1 x 21.4 cm (9 1/2 x 8 3/8 in.)

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


Tokyo National Museum 1985a, no. 38
Tokyo National Museum
Nihon bijutsu meihin ten: New York Burke Collection / A Selection of Japanese Art from the Mary and Jackson Burke Collection. Exh. cat. Tokyo: Chunichi Shimbun.

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Avitabile 1990, no. 67
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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Murase 2000, no. 82.
Murase, Miyeko
Bridge of Dreams: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection of Japanese Art. Exh. cat. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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“Vast numbers of things,” he [Genji] said to Murasaki. “We must see that they are divided so that no one has a right to feel slighted.” He had everything spread before him, the products of the offices and of Murasaki’s personal endeavors as well. Such sheens and hues as she had wrought, displaying yet another of her talents!