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Horse racing

Description Hand-painted scroll
Contributor Unknown (Author)
Language Japanese
Identifier Local: The Melikian Collection L2011.008.180
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Dimension: 11 x 105 in.
Note Date: ca. 1700
Note Important ceremonies and festivals often included horse races (kurabeuma). This scroll depicts one such horse race between two samurai dressed in Heian period clothes, one in black and the other in red, who race from right to left before a varied audience behind a post-and-lintel fence. The racing pair is depicted five times and ends in disaster – one falls off his horse and the other races into a frightened crowd. This representation follows common iconography of Kami (Upper) Kamo shrines horse races, the most important kurabeuma, which was held on the fifth day of the fifth month. The Kami Kamo shrine horse races became a very popular subject for painted scrolls and screens, particularly during the 18th century.1 Most surviving examples o... (more)
Collaborating Institutions ASU Art Museum / School of Art / ASU Library
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