Portrait of Sei Sh┼Źnagon

A woodblock portrait of the author Sei Shonagona wearing a red hat.

Kobayashi Kiyochika (1896)

Image: National Museum of Asian Art

A woodblock-printed portrait of the Heian-period author Sei Sh┼Źnagon. Compared to her contemporary, Murasaki Shikibu, Sei is not as often depicted in artwork; her work The Pillow Book has a much different history and reputation than The Tale of Genji, having inspired numerous sex manuals and erotic books.

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