Printed, hand-painted book of battle standards from the Edo Period

On this scroll are depicted uma-jirushi — battle standards set up beside a military commander’s horse to show his position — of 170 soldiers. The illustrations are printed in color and also painted by hand. This scroll is important for marking the origin of multicolor woodblock printing (nishiki-e) in Japan. The sixth volume of this work, which was found only recently, is the only scroll still known to exist.

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Type: book
Date: 1624-1644
Location: Japan
Continent: Asia
Keywords: battle, samurai, hanga, flag