The Tale of the Heike (Heike Monogatari)

Classification
Painting
Place of production
Japan
Era century
Muromachi Period
Collector
Kyoto National Museum
This illustrated handscroll, based on the epic narrative <i>Heike monogatari</i> (<i>The Tale of the Heike</i>), is executed in monochrome ink lines (J., <i>hakuby&ocirc;-ga</i>), using no color. Despite its sense of desicated spareness, it powerfully depicts scenes of this epic tale.

This scroll has a small format (J.,<i>ko-e</i>) that is half the height of most handscrolls. It was probably the treasured possession of the daughter of a shogun or courtier.

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