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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.
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