male figures on a white-curtained balcony; one man is standing, aiming a longbow toward a cloud carrying grotesque figures brandishing weapons

Fragment from Tengu zōshi emaki, around 1500

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A group of men defend themselves by shooting arrows at approaching tengu, demon figures with bird-like facial features and wings believed to live in the mountains.

This painting was originally part of a handscroll or a book, which was then cut out and remounted as a hanging scroll. The men are labelled with their names, revealing that they are minor characters from The Tale of the Heike, a medieval Japanese epic about the Genpei War (1180–1185), a civil war between two clans.

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Title
Fragment from Tengu zōshi emaki
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.27
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 49
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male figures on a white-curtained balcony; one man is standing, aiming a longbow toward a cloud carrying grotesque figures brandishing weapons