Suma  須磨
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
A pictorial subject based on Chapter 12 of GENJI MONOGATARI 源氏物語 (The Tale of Genji), which tells of Genji's exile to Suma, a beach near Harima 播磨 (present day Koube 神戸, Hyougo prefecture), after he has fallen from favor at court (see *Sakaki 賢木). Scenes illustrated from this chapter include: Genji taking leave of his father-in-law and young son *Yuugiri 夕霧; Genji combing his hair in front of a mirror with Murasaki 紫, his principal wife (see *Wakamurasaki 若紫), about to receive Tou no Chuujou 頭中将, his oldest friend, and Prince *Hotaru 蛍, Genji's half brother; Genji visiting the grave of his father, Emperor *Kiritsubo 桐壷; and various renditions of Genji gazing at the sea from his simple dwelling in Suma, picking at his koto 琴 while geese pass overhead and the smoke from the fires of the saltmakers wafts into the sky.

*genji-e 源氏絵

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