An antique Japanese two panel screen painting (byobu) of the battle between the two historical figures Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Benkei.
Minamoto no Yoshitsune (born Ushiwakamaru c.1159) was raised in a monastery near in Kyoto. His incredible skill as a warrior emerged when he was very young. In the scene depicted here, he famously defeats the great warrior-monk, Benkei (Saito Musashibo Benkei). The young Yoshitsune easily leaps over the larger warrior. According to legend, Benkei was so impressed that he and Yoshitsune became fast and loyal friends.
Painted in mineral pigments and gold leaf on paper.
Age: 17th – 18th Century
Dimensions: 74″ wide x 66: high