Handscrolls Tale of Tawara Tōda (Tawara Tōda monogatari), CBL J 1164.1-3

Exhibition

The Valiant Adventures of Tawara Tōda

A medieval short story, re-told in elegant calligraphy and glittering images, the Tale of Tawara Tōda offers an engaging insight into Japan’s storytelling traditions.

Handscrolls of Tale of Tawara Tōda (Tawara Tōda monogatari)
mid 17th century
Japan
CBL J 1164.1-3

Tale of Tawara Tōda
mid 17th century
Japan
CBL J 1164

Tale of Tawara Tōda, on display
mid 17th century
Japan
CBL J 1164

Tale of Tawara Tōda
mid 17th century
Japan
CBL J 1164

A medieval short story, re-told in elegant calligraphy and glittering images, the Tale of Tawara Tōda offers an engaging insight into Japan’s storytelling traditions. These three painted handscrolls document the exploits of the tenth-century warrior Tawara Tōda Hidesato (Fujiwara no Hidesato), whose tale of daring deeds blends history and legend, with an added dash of romance. Whether dispatching a giant centipede or defeating a nefarious rebel, our brave hero faces down his enemies with grace and cunning, to be richly rewarded with treasures untold. This in-focus exhibition followed a three-year programme of conservation undertaken by conservators at Restorient Studio, Leiden, which was generously supported by Japan’s Sumitomo Foundation.

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Highlights

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  • Slideshow
  • Image of Tawara Tōda Hidesato meets the dragon at Seta Bridge (CBL J 1164.1)

    Tawara Tōda Hidesato meets the dragon at Seta Bridge
    mid 17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164.1

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  • Image of Tawara Tōda Hidesato and the killer centipede of Mt. Mikami (CBL J 1164.1)

    Tawara Tōda Hidesato and the killer centipede of Mt. Mikami
    mid 17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164.1

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  • Image of Tale of Tawara Tōda, mid-17th century, Japan, CBL J 1164.1

    Tale of Tawara Tōda
    mid 17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164.1

    3 / 6

  • Image of the Tale of Tawara Tōda, mid-17th century, Japan (CBL J 1164)

    Tale of Tawara Tōda
    mid 17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164.1

    4 / 6

  • Image of Tale of Tawara Tōda, mid-17th century, Japan, CBL J 1164.2

    Tale of Tawara Tōda
    mid 17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164.2

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  • Tale of Tawara Tōda mid 17th century Japan CBL J 1164.3

    Tale of Tawara Tōda
    mid 17th century
    Japan
    CBL J 1164.3

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