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Illustrations from the Ise Monogatari
10934-12383 MNAOr
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This album, illustrating the second part (the first one is lost) of the famous Japanese novel, Ise Monogatari, consists of 83 Yamato-e style paintings by artists of the Tosa School which fuses decorative elements from the Kano School. The calligraphic “narratives” associated to each scene are written, on the opposite page of each illustration, in cursive style. Each written page is signed with the name and the social rank of the calligrapher, and report the date of execution in the Enpo period. The very high artistic standard both of the paintings and calligraphy make this sophisticated example of Japanese painting and calligraphy a piece of art fully enjoyable beyond the original function of an illustrated novel.

History of the Object
Acquired by the Italian senator, Mr. Mirko Ardemagni, on the Japanese antiquarian market during his office in Japan as Italian Ambassador from 1939 to 1946.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Ink, colours and gold leaf on paper, mounted as Orihon (Concertina album) with silk cover 
Measurements
Width 30 cm Height 35 cm  
Creator name
Unknown Japanese artist(s) of the Tosa School 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; Enpo Period (1673-1680) 
Function
Entertainment 
Acquisition
Acquired by the National Museum of Oriental Art on behalf of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities in 1977 from Mr. Mirko Ardemagni. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
'Giuseppe Tucci' National Museum of Oriental Art 
Museum
Giuseppe Tucci National Museum of Oriental Art 
Credit line
Text: Maria Luisa Giorgi 

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