Important Cultural PropertyRivalry of the Carriages

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  • By Kanō Sanraku
  • Four-fold screen
  • Color on paper
  • 175.7x370.8
  • Edo period/17th century
  • Tokyo National Museum
  • A-10129

This painting had originally been fusumae (images painted on fusuma) in "Genji's room" in the Kujo family's house, which was made into four-fold screens later. Its motif is taken from the Aoi chapter of The Tale of Genji. Hikaru Genji joined the purification parade of the priestess of Kamo Shrine. Amidst of the crowd who gathered to see him, there occurred a conflict between the Lady Aoi (Aoi no Ue) party and the Lady Rokujou (Rokujou no Miyasudokoro) party concerning the positions of their ox carriages to have a better view of the parade. From ancient times, this scene had been favored, being painted from a bird's-eye view, and called "The Scene of Aoi." This piece is a successful result of Kano's study of Yamato-e (lit. Japanese painting, a late Heian style of Japanese painting).