LEGEND OF THE GRAND MINISTER YURIWAKA

MS 2468
MS Short Title LEGEND OF THE GRAND MINISTER YURIWAKA
Text LEGEND OF THE GRAND MINISTER YURIWAKA, A NARA PICTURE BOOK
Description MS in Japanese on paper, Kyoto, Japan, 17th c., 1 roll (complete), 34x630 cm, 13 scenes, 33x48 cm, in full colours and gold, a descendant of the paintings by the Tosa school for the Imperial Court.
Binding Kyoto, Japan, 17th c., silk brocade wrapper.
Provenance 1. Sam Fogg cat. 19(1998):168.
Commentary The origins of the tale are unclear. One version says Yuriwaka was born in Iki, in today's Yamaguchi prefecture. As a young man, he set out to conquer demons and returned after many years to his home town in Iki, where no one recognized him until he succeeded in taming a horse no one else but Yuriwaka could handle. It is a legend similar to the Greek legend of Ulysses, with the universal theme of the testing of a hero's identity.
Place of origin Japan
Dates 17th Century

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