26 May 2021

Folding Screen Sekigahara Animated

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My Modern Met:

Have you ever looked at a landscape painting and imagined it coming to life? Japanese videographer Yusuke Shigeta decided to transform an ancient artwork into an animation that now looks like something from a video game. His work is titled Sekigahara-Sansui-zu-Byobu (Folding Screen of Painted Sekigahara Landscapes) and is based on a 17th-century multi-panel screen that depicts the Battle of Sekigahara.

One of the most important wars in Japanese history, the Battle of Sekigahara took place during the Sengoku period on October 21, 1600, in what is now Gifu prefecture. All told, 160,000 men faced each other; the samurai warriors of Tokugawa Ieyasu against a coalition of Toyotomi loyalist clans. The Tokugawa troops won, leading to the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate which ruled Japan for another two and a half centuries until 1868.

HT: Karen L. Myers.

One Feedback on "Folding Screen Sekigahara Animated"

Hairless Joe

I wonder where the original of that screen is displayed. I recall seeing something much like it in the Osaka Castle in one of their exhibits. They have many paintings and objects there from the Tokugawa period.

One thing I recall distinctly is how much smaller those soldiers were (judging from their armor) than modern Japanese.


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