Emakimono- Short Emaki

The Tale of Genji, Painted in 12th century Japan and credited to Murasaki Shikibu.

Emakimono simply called “Emaki” is a horizontal illustrated narrative form created in 11th to 16th century Japan. Emakimono combines pictures, texts, and is drawn, painted, or stamped on a handscroll. They depict battles, romance, religion, and folktales. The Tale of Genji, is an ancient artwork of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the 12th century. It is often refered to the worlds first novel, although this is widely debated. The Tale of Genji tells of the life of a Japanese emperor, known as Hikaru Genji. The tale revolves around Genji’s romantic life and describes the customs of the aristocratic society of the time. This is just one of the many pieces to this beautiful series of artwork.

Sources: http://mcel.pacificu.edu/as/students/genji/homepage.html, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emakimono

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