Tsuba depicting the battle of Uji river


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    The Uji-gawa episode (Gempei Wars, 1184). On the front is the well-known design, with Kajiwara Kagesuye on the bank of the Uji, bow in teeth, tightening his horse's surcingle, while Sasaki Takatsuna rides across the stream with drawn sword trailing in the water (to cut through possible entanglements); above are mist-enshrouded hills and pine-trees. The design continues at the back with a view of the Uji bridge, partly destroyed. Kagesuye's face is encrusted in silver, and a few details are in silver wire nunome (hands, sword-blade, arrow-featherings); the edge is richly gilt. Signed in nunome gold wire: Yamashiro no jū ("resident of Yamashiro province") Fujiwara no Kiyonaga [Japanese text] with kakihan [Japanese text] [see EAX.10859].

    This artist appears to be unrecorded, though several of his guards are known, notably with a striking design of folding screens (one such in the V. and A. M.)

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