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paintings of Heike. The usual abbreviation of Heike monogatari-e ˝Ć¨ęG,
illustrations of famous incidents concerning the Taira ˝ family (Heike) taken
primarily from the epic war-tale, HEIKE MONOGATARI ˝Ć¨ę (The Tale of The
Heike). The prose-tale features numerous events which became the subject of pictures
either illustrating the original narrative or illustrating one of the many *nou \, joururi ňÚ, or *kabuki Ěę plays on which it is based. Battle scenes concerning the Heike wars (12c)
with the Minamoto š clan (Genji š) include *Ichinotani
kassen ęmJí, *Yashima
kassen Ží, *Ujigawa
no kassen FĄěĚí, and *Horikawa
yo'uchi xěé˘. Sometimes specific events during the battle are illustrated,
such as *Yuminagshi |Źľ and *Hassoutobi Şäzň. Other
frequently illustrated incidents involve the Taira clan as courtiers in the capital
and include *Nuetaiji ęKŢĄ, *Ohara
gokou ĺ´äK, *Kogou ŹÂ, and Shunkan r°. Heike-e are found in formats ranging from screens to wood-block prints. The dramatic and
often tragic events were frequently painted during 15-17c by the *Kanouha ëěh and *Tosaha y˛h and later
depicted by *ukiyo-e ˘G
artists. Edo period publications of HEIKE MONOGATARI were often illustrated.
The term heike-e sometimes is used in contra-distinction to *genji-e šG. However genji-e refers to depictions of GENJI MONOGATARI š¨ę
(The Tale of Genji), a Heian novel unrelated to the Minamoto clan (Genji), of HEIKE MONOGATARI.
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