37 of 305 Taira no Koremori’s Farewell, from The Tale of the Heike (Heike monogatari) The Tale of Genji 1594 (Bunroku 3) Ryūjo (Tatsujo) Not on view This deluxe set of five handscrolls comprises text excerpts and related illustrations for all fifty-four chapters of The Tale of Genji, the monumental classic of Japanese literature of the early eleventh century authored by the court lady Murasaki Shikibu.
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This exhibition celebrates how gifts and acquisitions of the last decade have transformed The Met’s ability to narrate the story of Japanese art by both expanding and deepening the range of remarkable artworks that can meaningfully elucidate the past. Each of the ten rooms that make up the Arts of Japan Galleries features a distinct genre, school, or style, representing an array of works in nearly every medium, from ancient times to the present. Highlights include the debut of a spectacular group of contemporary metalwork by Living National Treasures and emerging artists, and, in the first rotation, a selection of woodblock prints from the Lee E. Dirks Collection.