Sekiya 関屋
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
A pictorial subject based on Chapter 16, "The Gatehouse" (Sekiya) of GENJI MONOGATARI 源氏物語 (The Tale of Genji). In autumn, at the end of the Ninth month, Genji sets out on a pilgrimage to Ishiyama 石山. On the way, at the south-east barrier-gatehouse of Ousaka 逢坂 (slope of meeting), near Lake Biwa 琵琶, his party encounters that of *Utsusemi 空蝉 and her husband the Governor, returning from his post at Hitachi 常陸 (modern Ibaraki prefecture). An illustration of this scene, when the governor's party, including ox-carriages, makes way for Genji's splendid mounted entourage, survives in the early 12c scroll of The Tale of Genji, Genji monogatari emaki 源氏物語絵巻 in the Tokugawa 徳川 Art Museum. Another well-known example is the screen by Tawaraya Soutatsu 俵屋宗達 (?-ca 1640) in the Seikadou Bunko 静嘉堂文庫, Tokyo.

*genji-e 源氏絵 

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