• Japanese & Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2296

    Japanese & Korean Art

    24 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 619

    Anonymous (17th-18th century)

    FIRST MAN ACROSS THE UJI RIVER FROM TALE OF THE HEIKE

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    Anonymous (17th-18th century)
    First man across the Uji River from Tale of the Heike
    Six-panel screen; ink, color, gold and gold leaf on paper
    61 x 139in. (154.9 x 353cm.)


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    In the Genpei Wars in the 1180s, the planks of the Uji Bridge were torn up by the Taira to defend the nearby Byodoin Temple. Here, the Minamoto warrior Takatsuna, astride Ikezuki, scores a coup as the first man to cross the river. He tricked Kagesue into pausing to tighten his horse's girth.

    For a discussion of other famous scenes from Tale of the Heike, see lot 622.