Edo Period (1616-1867) , dated 1787, Oblong Scroll, [28 x 810cm], Gouache on Paper.
A beautiful and brightly coloured scroll.
Exotic equestrian sports captured the interest of Japanese warriors. These scenes depict brightly clad riders Tartars, nomadic tribesman who lived north and west of China.
Excited hunters converge upon prey ranging from humble goats to exotic animals. The Kano School of painters, commissioned by warrior families, were known for brightly coloured scrolls, with horseback figures hunting.
The distinctive features and costumes of the Tatars appear to be based on Chinese models that include Ming dynasty Chinese paintings of the theme “Lady Wenji’s Return to China” (Wenji Guihan). The Kano painter’s achievement was to combine these borrowed elements in lively action scenes unfolding within a panoramic landscape.