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National Treasure "Three Portraits of the Jingoji Temple"

Three Portraits of the Jingoji Temple   Three Portraits of the Jingoji Temple

These images are based on the high resolution facsimile produced by the Tsuzuri Project. Unauthorized copying, duplication, or transfer of these images is strictly prohibited.


  • Artist: Attributed to Fujiwara no Takanobu
  • Historical era: Kamakura (13th century)
  • Material: Printed on silk paper
  • Medium: Three hanging scrolls
  • Theme:High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size: Minamoto no Yoritomo 143.0 x 112. 8 cm (L x W)
    Taira no Shigemori 143.0 x 111.2 cm (L x W)
    Fujiwara no Mitsuyoshi 143.0 x 111.6 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient: Jingoji Temple (Shingon sect), Mount Takao (Kyoto)
  • [Original]
  • Current owner: Jingoji Temple (Shingon sect), Mount Takao (Kyoto)
  • Material: Colored silk paper

DESCRIPTION

These portraits are purportedly of Minamoto no Yoritomo, Taira no Shigemori, and Fujiwara no Mitsuyoshi, each of which was handed down to Sentoin Temple at the Jingoji monastery. Each portrait is elaborately rendered for realistic effect, and was acclaimed a masterpiece of Japanese portrait work when it was designated as a National Treasure in 1951. The nearly life-size portrait of Minamoto no Yoritomo wonderfully expresses the inside of this idealistic warrior. The portrait of Taira no Shigemori was well received in Europe, and was even rotated into display at the Louvre Museum among such classics as Milo's Venus and the Mona Lisa. In each portrait, the subject sits on a tatami mat wearing old ceremonial court attire and a long sword tucked in the obi, a traditional Japanese belt, conveying a firm display of presence.
The artist, Fujiwara no Takanobu was an expert of imitation portraits. This work is said to be from early Kamakura era.

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