The handscroll is a unique format of East
Asian painting. Invented in China, it was brought to Japan in
the eighth century where it developed into a distinctly Japanese
style. This particular pair of lavishly ornamented handscrolls
illustrates the legends of the Shinto deity Hachiman.
The paintings, which date to the mid-seventeenth
century, are rendered in the yamato-e style favored by
the members of the Tosa school to which they are attributed.
Both the painting and the calligraphy exemplify the highly refined
styles favored by the court at the start of the Edo period (1615-1868).
A grant from the Freeman Foundation has made it possible to
view each scroll in its entirety online.
Click below to see the scrolls
Scroll | Second Scroll