Prince Genji is determined that his daughter be raised at court with all the advantages his position and wealth can provide. The girl’s mother (the Akashi lady), however, wishes to keep the child with her and so resists. Finally, after consulting fortune-tellers about the future of the child, she relents. “The thought of giving up the child was almost more than the lady could bear. The Twelfth month came. She spent more time than ever with the little girl, combing her hair, changing her clothes. Warmed by several layers of white robes, the lady sat lost in thought.”
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- Titles Utsugumu (A Rack of Clouds), Tale of Genji: Chapter 19 (Proper)
- Artist Japan
- Medium ink, color and gold on paper
- Dimensions 11 7/8 x 10 in. (30.2 x 25.4 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with provided by the Estate of Carolyn Quinn, 2003.28.2
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- Provenance With Sondra Milne Henderson, London; 2003 purchase by the Birmingham Museum of Art