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) dating from the Kamakura period (1185-1333), most likely between the second half of the thirteenth century and beginning of the fourteenth.[1] 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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  1. ^ Testa, Giuseppina Aurora (3 July 2020). ""Mōko Shūrai Ekotoba" (Illustrated Account of the Mongol Invasions)". Eikón / Imago. 9: 35–57. doi:10.5209/eiko.73275. ISSN 2254-8718.

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