While Prince Genji (in blue) was in exile outside the capital, his former lover Suetsumuhana (the Safflower Lady) lived an impoverished life after the death of her father. After his recall to the capital, Genji passed a dilapidated house one night. “A house so utterly ruinous, a garden so rank, he wondered if human beings had ever broken the wild forest.” Overgrown with wormwood, the house was that of the Safflower Lady. His feet and ankles soaked with dew, Genji approaches the house where he pledges a lifetime of protection and support to the grateful lady.
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- Titles Yomogyu (The Wormwood Patch), Tale of Genji: Chapter 15 (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 funds provided by the Estate of Carolyn Quinn, 2003.28.1
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- Provenance With Sondra Milne Henderson, London; 2003 purchase by the Birmingham Museum of Art