Wakamurasaki (Lavender), Tale of Genji: Chapter 5

Prince Genji (in white) spies on the women in a neighboring villa as he receives treatment for a fever from a sage in the northern hills. In this charming, rustic setting he finds a young girl with two ladies. The child cries that her favorite baby sparrows have escaped their cage. Later in life this child will become Genji’s greatest love. For the moment, however, he is content to admire her charming innocence.




Object Type

  • 10 1/2 x 9 in. (26.7 x 22.9 cm)
  • Sondra Milne Henderson Collection
  • Museum purchase with funds provided by the Estate of Carolyn Quinn
  • 2003.29.1