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Illustrated Handscrolls of the Later Three-Years War

Imamura Zuigaku Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 227

This set of three scrolls reproduces a well-known medieval work depicting the Later Three-Years War, a series of disturbances fought between competing factions in far northern Japan at the end of the Heian period (794–1185). The scrolls were created by the official painter of the Owari-Tokugawa, a branch of the ruling Tokugawa clan that controlled the Owari Domain, headquartered at Nagoya Castle. His meticulous reproductions of the earlier, heavily damaged handscrolls bring to life the horrors of the numerous wars that ravaged Japan during this time.

Illustrated Handscrolls of the Later Three-Years War, Imamura Zuigaku (Japanese, died 1793), Set of three handscrolls; ink, color, gold, and silver on paper, Japan

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