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Man and Woman in Ise monogatari-e: Scene Selection in the First Half of the Seventeenth Century

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Ise monogatari has, long been recognized as one of the classics of Japanese literature. The earliest surviving examples of Ise monogatari-e are from the Kamakura period, the Ise monogatari emaki in the collection of the Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts in Izumi and the Bonjikyō zuri Ise monogatari emaki which is scattered among several private collections. This chapter focuses on examples from the first half of the seventeenth century, considering them in terms of how "the intimate sphere" which consists of private relations between men and women is depicted. First, the relationships between the individuals depicted in the works are considered. Second, the nature of the intimate sphere of the period in which the work is created must be clarified by social historians or historians of the family. The relationships depicted in the Ise monogatari-e occurred, however, before the Nijō Empress married and are love affairs.

Keywords: Ise monogatari-e; Izumi; Japanese literature; Kamakura period; Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts



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