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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Edo p. Japanese Painted Screen, Samurai Battle

Edo p. Japanese Painted Screen, Samurai Battle

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1800: Item # 1415492

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An Edo period scene of a naval battle in striking detail featuring warriors on boats grappling with each other on a background of repeating waves. Pigment and gold on paper in a simple black lacquered frame. Most unusual is the treatment of the backgound, row after row of blue and white waves. It is likely a scene from the Heike Monogatari (Tales of the Heike or Gempei Wars), the forces of Yoshitsune and his band driving the Taira forces out to sea at the battle of Yashima. The screen is 94 x 218 cm (37 x 86 inches). Possibly taken from a larger scene, there are many old repairs and both ends of the painting appear to end in a ragged line.
The Battle of Yashima was a decisive moment in the Gempei wars. The victory was led by Yoshitsune, who, despite having lost the majority of his ships to storm damage, landed 150 men and horses for a surprise land attack on the Taira rear. He lit bonfires all along the coastline, making the Taira fear they were outnumbered, and they fled to Dan-no-ura in their ships with Yoshitsune and his forces driving them out into the bay on horseback. The battle also provided the backdrop for one of the most famous scenes of the wars when a Minamoto warrior named Nasu no Yoichi shoots an arrow through a folding fan held aloft by a taunting Taira noble woman.