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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)

Genji Monogatari emaki (The Illustrated Tale of Genji)

Suzumushi Chapter:

Scene by Kashiwagi III:

Shigisan engi emaki (Legends of Mt. Shigi)

Rice bowl taking storehouse:

Sending the rice back:

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

Fire at the second gate:

Scenes from all three scrolls:


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