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Kokon chomon jû, “Notable tales old and new”

Kokon chomon jû, “Notable tales old and new”

illuminated manuscript, 20 volumes

Late 17th – early 18th century
Ink on paper
L : 22.5 cm W : 16 cm
M.C. 4738

The Kokon chomon jū, attributed to Tachibana Narisue, appeared in 1254 as a collection of anecdotes and memories, cataloguing the rites, etiquette and customs of the Heian Period (794 – 1185). This type of work lends itself particularly well to the use of illustrations in the yamato-e style (a truly Japanese style of painting, the opposite of styles inspired by Chinese painting).

The format of this Nara-e hon (“Nara picture book”) corresponds to the regular format for this type of work. Smaller than another work in the museum, we can place its origins in the late 17th century or most likely the beginning of the 18th century. Although it belongs to the late period of Nara-e hon production, it is nevertheless illustrated with great care, and includes no less than 76 illuminations.

Collection : Japanese graphic arts
Mode d'acquisition : Bequest of Henri Cernuschi, 1896.
  • Kokon chomon jû («Recueil des choses d’aujourd’hui et naguère»)

Kokon chomon jû («Recueil des choses d’aujourd’hui et naguère»)
© Musée Cernuschi