|Country of Location:||
Country of LocationSwitzerland
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Library / CollectionFondation Martin Bodmer
ShelfmarkCod. Bodmer 601a
Manuscript TitleTale of Ise, first book (Ise Monogatari, jō)
CaptionPaper · 57 ff. · 24.1 x 18 cm · 17th century
Manuscript SummaryThe Tale of Ise is one of the earliest and most well-known example of uta monogatari, a subgenre of the monogatari, which focuses on waka poetry with the narrative evolving around the poetry. Its authorship, as well as the exact date of composition remain unclear, but it is today dated to the early Heian period. It is also known by the title "Zaigo chūjō nikki", or "Diaries of the Prince Ariwara no Narihira". The main character in the Tale of Ise is understood as being the historical prince and poet Ariwara no Narihira (9th century), whose waka feature in the tale. Yet due to the existence of narratives that clearly date to later periods, Narihira himself cannot be regarded as the author. The tale is generally concerned with human affection of many kinds, from amorous affairs to parental affection. Whilst many chapters do have a strong aristocratic notion, it is not limited to the world of nobility, but also includes the commoner’s fate, such as Chapter 23 Tsutsuizutsu. The characters often remain unnamed and are only referred to as ‘the girl’, or ‘the man’. Thus, the tale is interpretable as an effort to generally address the topic of human relationship and affection. This example bound in silk is adorned with illustrations executed in ink, polychromy and gold.
|DOI (Digital Object Identifier):||
DOI (Digital Object Identifier10.5076/e-codices-fmb-cb-0601a (http://dx.doi.org/10.5076/e-codices-fmb-cb-0601a)
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IIIF Manifest URLhttps://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/metadata/iiif/fmb-cb-0601a/manifest.json
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How to quoteCologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 601a: Tale of Ise, first book (Ise Monogatari, jō) (https://www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/fmb/cb-0601a).
DecorationFigurative, Full Page, Fully Painted, Gold / Silver
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