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Anne van Biema American, 1915 - 2004
A band of warriors, each identified by a name in a red label, gazes in awe at a white dragon rising from the Koromo River in the midst of a lightning storm. Representations in warrior prints of historical subjects like this one were influenced by the compositions and visual devices used in kabuki theatrical performances. The conventions were also used in contemporary battle prints of the Meiji era. At the center of this image stands the great warrior-monk Benkei, who holds a staff with a red banner emblazoned with the Wheel of the Buddhist Law. Benkei was the devoted retainer of the young Minamoto no Yoshitsune, who stands in full battle armor beneath the pine tree at right. The incident represented here is one of many legends that developed after Yoshitsune's death. The Koromo River in present-day Iwate Prefecture was the site of Yoshitsune's residence after his flight in 1187 to the north to escape from his half brother, Yoritomo. There, Yoshitsune established his last stronghold, where he ultimately was forced to kill his wife, his daughter, and himself in 1189.
- Published References
- Ann Yonemura with contributions by et al. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints from the Anne van Biema Collection. Seattle and Washington. cat. 95, pp. 246-247.
- Collection Area(s)
- Japanese Art
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