The theme of this very rare screen traces the story of the great battle of Yashima, in the 12th century, between the Taira and Minamoto clans. It owes its name from the contraction of Minamoto Gen (Chinese reading) and the Taira Hei clan, hence the name Heike. Also called Heike Monogotari. This is a naval battle, the Battle of Yashima (ichi no tani) in 1184, where the Taira clan retreated to an island off Shikoku in the inland sea. The Minamoto were victorious but a large part of the Taira fleet managed to escape and were still defeated a month later.
Magnificent screen with great finesse in the description of the characters, troop movements and perfectly restores this warlike atmosphere. We can distinguish, in the heart of the battle, Minamoto Yoshitsune (1159-1189) on his famous black horse Tayuguro.
Edo period: early 18th century.
11 000 €