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EDO PERIOD, 18TH–19TH CENTURY THE BATTLE OF ICHINOTANI
a pair of six-fold screens: ink, colour and gofun on paper
each panel: 58 x 175 cm., 22 7/8  x 69 in.
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Provenance

Private American Collection.

Catalogue Note

The battle of Ichinotani took place in 1185, at the end of the gruelling five-year war between the Taira (also known as Heike) and the Minamoto (or Genji). The Minamoto emerged victorious and their leader, Yoritomo, became the first shogun of a new military government. The battle was immortalised in the 13th-century historical novel, Tale of the Heike. The tale held special relevance in the 17th century when the concept of bushido, the way of the samurai, developed. Men recalled with romantic nostalgia the glory of past fighting days and self-consciously articulated an ideal code of conduct.

Fine Japanese Art

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