Past Exhibitions

Engi-e: Illustrated Legends of Temples and Shrines
November 18, 2014 - December 23, 2014

Engi-e are paintings that detail the legendary origins and miraculous events associated with specific temples and shrines. Such works were sometimes produced as votive offerings to Buddhist and Shinto deities, but they were also used by priests in narrative performances known as etoki, conducted for the purpose of fundraising and proselytizing. By the Muromachi period (1392–1573), etoki had developed into a bonafide performance art with professional narrators and musicians, and had become popular among the general populace.

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