A pair of mounted panels painted with battle scenes from the Tales of Heike.
One panel appears to take place during the battle at Dan no Ura. This painting of samurai contains the signature crest of the Heiki clan (the butterfly). The other panel is a portrait of the famous monk warrior, Benke, on horseback in the Shichi-henge form (where he carries many weapons).
The paintings are fragments of a hand fan, or uchiwa, and the surrounding paper are decorated with gold and silver leaf nkirigane (cut-gold and silver leaf) to create a pattern. The painting style is attributed to the Tosa School of Tosa Mitsuoki (1617-1691).
Edo Period (1603-1868)
Dimensions: 17 3/4" W x 1" D x 33 1/2" H (entire frame) 15" W x 17" H (artwork only)