• Japanese & Korean Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 2296

    Japanese & Korean Art

    24 March 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 622

    Anonymous (17th-18th century)

    The Battles of Ichinotani and Yashima, from Tale of the Heike

    Price Realised  

    Anonymous (17th-18th century)
    The Battles of Ichinotani and Yashima, from Tale of the Heike
    Pair of six-panel screens; ink, color, gold and gold leaf on paper
    64 1/8 x 141¾in. (163.5 x 360cm.) each (2)


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    The battles of Ichinotani (right screen) and Yashima (left screen) took place in early 1185, at the end of the grueling five-year Genpei War between the Minamoto (or Genji) and the Taira (also known as the Heike). The Minamoto emerged victorious and their leader, Yoritomo, became the first shogun of a new military government. The battles were immortalized in the thirteenth-century historical novel, Tale of the Heike. The tale held special relevance in the Edo period, when the concept of bushido, the "way of the samurai," developed.