| Classical Heian Masterpieces
|The emaki, which originated as a genre
in the latter half of the Heian period (794-1185), reached a
zenith in the 12th century. The Tale of Genji, Legends of
the Temple on Mount Shigi (Shigisan engi), and the Scroll
of Frolicking Animals (Choju giga) represent masterworks
from this age. Each of these handscrolls has distinctive styles
and expressive techniques, which greatly influenced later works.
Featured here are three of the most classic and renowned handscrolls.