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A Case Study of Heian Japan through Art:
Japan's Four Great Emaki

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Heian Japan Online Image List:
Japan’s Four Great Emaki

Use the appropriate link below to find the hand scroll assigned to your group. Record your analysis on Handout H5.

Chōjū giga (Scroll of Frolicking Animals)
http://www.kokingumi.com/ChojuGiga/index.html

Genji Monogatari emaki (The Illustrated Tale of Genji)

Suzumushi Chapter: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genji_emaki_SUZUMUSHI.JPG

Scene by Kashiwagi III:
http://web-japan.org/museum/emaki/emaki02/emaki02.html

Shigisan engi emaki (Legends of Mt. Shigi)

Rice bowl taking storehouse: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sigisanengi_tobikura.jpg

Sending the rice back:
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Myoren_sending_back_the_rice.JPG

Ban Dainagon ekotoba (The Tale of the Courtier Ban Dainagon)

Fire at the second gate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ban_dainagon_ekotoba.jpg

Scenes from all three scrolls: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Bamse/Ban_Dainagon_Ekotoba#scenes


 

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