[MANUSCRIPT - JAPANESE] Heike Monogatari.
Nara Ehon manuscript of the twelfth (and final) chapter of the tale of the Heike, copied likely Kyoto: likely mid-Edo period i.e. circa 1750. Green brocade wrappers with gold paste-downs. 9 1/2 x 7 inches (24 x 17.5 cm); approximately 174 pp. text written in a fine calligraphic hand in ten columns on maniai-gami paper, with extensive underpainting in shell gold beneath the text (and with approximately 8 pp. without script but with underpainting at the end); with 25 two-page paintings illustrating the events of the Heike tale, these superbly colored and of exceptional luxury, employing large amounts of gold, each framed within the gold and blue "misty" borders characteristic of this class of books, housed in a later (?) fabric sleeve. Front label lacking, the four signatures with the stitching separated.
The Nara Ehon tradition of illustrated books and scrolls extends from the Muromachi to the mid-Edo period. Produced in Kyoto (not in Nara), these Nara-e were probably produced in monastic workshops, and in this regard they are a rough analogue of European medieval illuminated manuscripts; in this case, the analogy extends to the extreme level of ornamentation and detail present in the paintings, which attain a near-miniaturistic quality.
C Estate of Robin Gottlieb
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