Mōko Shūrai Ekotoba

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The samurai Suenaga under fire from Mongol arrows and bombs, second version

Mōko Shūrai Ekotoba (蒙古襲来絵詞 Illustrated Account of the Mongol Invasion?) is a set of two Japanese illustrated handscrolls (emakimono) composed between 1275 and 1293. They were commissioned by the samurai Takezaki Suenaga in order to record his battlefield valor and deeds during the Mongol Invasions of Japan.

The author and artist are unknown. The scrolls show images of battles between the Mongol invaders and Japanese defenders, on land and on the seas. Pictures are occasionally truncated by accompanying text. Several versions of the scrolls exist: the original 13th-century version, an 18th-century copy, a hand-drawn copy by Fukuda Taika dating from the 19th century, and a 21st-century reconstruction. The original is currently stored at the Museum of the Imperial Collections, in Tokyo Imperial Palace.

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  • Okudaira, Hideo (1973). Narrative picture scrolls. Arts of Japan 5. Weatherhill. ISBN 978-0-8348-2710-3. 
  • Conlan, Thomas (2001). In little need of divine intervention: Takezaki Suenaga's scrolls of the Mongol invasions of Japan. Cornell East Asia series 113. Cornell University. ISBN 978-1-885445-13-1. 
  • Tanaka, Ichimatsu (1964). Heiji monogatari emaki, Mōko shūrai ekotoba. Nihon emakimono zenshū (in Japanese) 9. Kadokawa Shoten. 
  • Komatsu, Shigemi (1978). 蒙古襲来絵詞 (Mōko shūrai ekotoba). Nihon emaki taisei (in Japanese) 14. Chuokoron-Shinsha.