‘TheTale of Horie’


Artist Attributed to Iwase Matabei Katsumochi
Period Edo period, 17th century
Materials and techniques Set of twelve handscrolls, colour on paper
Size 33.9×14809.0


This is one section of the twelve-volume picture scrolls based on the old jōruri narrative. It is based on the conflicts between clans in the eastern part of Japan, and is about avenging one’s parents and the revival of the Horie family. In this picture there are repeated depictions of bloody battles and cruel killings, which is characteristic of old jōruri picture scrolls by Katsumochi. Given the repetition of similar composition and frequent depiction of categorized figures, it is thought that artisans working at Katsumochi’s atelier produced this work under his leadership.

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