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Six-panel screen with scenes from the Heike Monogatari

Folding screen with scenes from the Heike Monogatari

18th century

Six-panel folding screen

153 x 316 cm
Ink, color, gofun and gold-leaf on paper

The sceen depicts the famous Japanese battle at Ichinotani, featuring the surprise attack by Minamoto forces, lead by Yoshitsune, upon the Taira stronghold. On the lower part, the Heike (Taira) leader Tomonori riding out toward his boats, while on the left part Kumagai Naozane is gesturing with his fan toward the seventeen year old Taira Atsumori calling out to him: “”I see that you are a Commander-in-Chief.  It is dishonorable to show your back to an enemy.  Return!”.

The folding screen is very well painted, with an incredible number of figures, each with his own individuality, to show the power of the Minamoto attack to the Taira castle. Every Japanese armor is very well described and a great variety of helmets and weapons is distributed along the composition.

Japanese screen  for sale. Price on application. Please include item stock number: byo-1100

 

 
 

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