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"Three Portraits of the Jingoji / Attributed to Fujiwara Takanobu"

Three Portraits of the Jingoji

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 Takanobu
  • Historical era : Kamakura (13th century)
  • Material : Printed on silk paper
  • Medium : One hanging scroll
  • Theme : High Resolution Facsimile of Historical Cultural Assets
  • Size : Fujiwara no Mitsuyoshi 143 x 111.6 cm (L x W)
  • Recipient : Jingoji Temple (Shingon sect), Mount Takao (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • [Original]
  • Current owner : Jingoji Temple (Shingon sect), Mount Takao
  • Material : Colors on silk

DESCRIPTION

This portrait is handed down to the Sentoin at the Jingoji Temple, and is said to be of Fujiwara no Mitsuyoshi, a nobility during the late Heian era and vassal to the Goshirakawa court. Together with the two portraits that are said to be of Minamoto no Yoritomo and Taira no Shigemori, the three scrolls are collectively referred to as the Three Portraits of the Jingoji, and were acclaimed a masterpiece in Japanese portrait work when they were designated as a national treasure in 1951. In the Abbreviated chronicles of Jingoji, the retired Emperor Goshirakawa is depicted in the center and flanked by Minamoto no Yoritomo and Taira no Shigemori (left and right, respectively), with Taira no Narifusa and Fujiwara no Mitsuyoshi squatting beneath. The chronicle notes that all subjects stare toward the ex-emperor. Of these portraits, the only portrait of the retired emperor that remains is from the Muromachi era, while no portrait remains of Taira no Narifusa.

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