Japanese Hanging silk scroll painting “Ushiwakamaru/Minamoto no Yoshitsune”. Dancing with a sword. Signature & Seal: Anonymous. Technique: Hand-painted on Silk. Condition: Refer to all pictures, insignificant stains and spots. Hang perfectly on the wall without folds. Size of the scroll: 11.4″ x 83.8″ in. = 73.7cm x 213cm. Size of the painting: 21 x 48 in. = 52.5 cm x 120 cm. Was the ninth son of Minamoto no Yoshitomo. His older brother Minamoto no Yoritomo (the third son of Yoshitomo) founded the Kamakura shogunate. His name in childhood was Ushiwakamaru. Yoshitsune was born slightly before the Heiji Rebellion of 1159 in which his father and oldest two brothers were killed. His life was spared and he was put under the care of Kurama Temple, nestled in the Hiei Mountains near the capital of Kyoto, while Yoritomo was banished to Izu Province. Eventually Yoshitsune was put under the protection of Fujiwara no Hidehira , head of the powerful regional Northern Fujiwara clan in Hiraizumi , Mutsu Province. In 1180, Yoshitsune heard that Yoritomo, now head of the Minamoto clan, had raised an army at the request of Prince Mochihito to fight against the Taira clan which had usurped the power of the emperor. Yoshitsune shortly thereafter joined Yoritomo along with Minamoto no Noriyori , all brothers who had never before met, in the last of three conflicts between the rival Minamoto and Taira samurai clans in the Genpei War. Yoshitsune defeated and killed his rival cousin Minamoto no Yoshinaka at the battle of Awazu in Omi Province in the first month of 1184 and in the next month defeated the Taira at the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani. In 1185, he defeated the Taira again at the Battle of Yashima in Shikoku and destroyed them at the Battle of Dan-no-ura. After the Gempei War, Yoshitsune joined the cloistered Emperor Go-Shirakawa against his brother Yoritomo. Fleeing to the temporary protection of Fujiwara no Hidehira in Mutsu again, Yoshitsune was betrayed and forced to commit Seppuku along with his wife and daughter, by Hidehira’s son Fujiwara no Yasuhira. Shirahata Jinja is the shinto shrine where Yoshitsune is enshrined. The item “Japanese hanging silk scroll painting Ushiwakamaru/Minamoto no Yoshitsune” is in sale since Tuesday, July 3, 2012. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Paintings & Scrolls”. The seller is “ukr10″ and is located in Clearwater Beach, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Primary Material: Silk & Fabric
- Age: Unknown
- Region of Origin: Japan
- Original/Reproduction: Unknown