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.
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- Titles Wakamurasaki (Lavender), Tale of Genji: Chapter 5 (Proper)
- Artist Japan
- Medium ink, color and gold on paper
- Dimensions 10 1/2 x 9 in. (26.7 x 22.9 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by the Estate of Carolyn Quinn, 2003.29.1
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- Provenance Zenda Keiichiro Collection [information provided by dealer]. With Sondra Milne Henderson, London; 2003 purchase by the Birmingham Museum of Art