MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Scroll
DIMENSIONS: 24 X 68 inches (about 5 1/2 feet long)
CONDITION: Very well painted with good colors, backed, generally fair shape for the age, quite rare.
NOTES: Original.
priceInfo: 388-391: 1700, 3000; 425, 750
ITEM ID: 871
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Archery Contest Scroll

DATE
Century: 18th (1701-1800)

Japanese hand painted manuscript scroll on the Archery Contest with a wonderfully painted contiguous scene of an archery contest.

According to scholar Angelika Koch, “It is a shooting range for archery and based on the fact that names of specific people are mentioned in the scroll, it likely portrays a specific archery competition. Archery was one of the martial arts commonly practiced by the samurai class in early modern Japan. They are shooting at what appears to be a close-range, fairly small target and to the left of the image there is the target mound (azuchi). There is no title on the scroll that would help identify the location/date of this archery event.”

Scholar Shigeko Toyota translates some of the script as:
” 入口 (iriguchi) – Entrance
刀掛 (katanakake) – Sword Hanger
松弓掛 (matsuyumikake) – Pine tree bow hanger
矢取入口 (yatori iriguchi) – Arrow retrieval entrance
射手 (ite) – Archer
人 (hito) – Person
弓司 (yumishi) – Bowmaster
加藤真平 (Katoo Shinpei) – Kato Shinpei (a specific name)
福島中務太夫 (Fukushima Nakatsukasa Dayuu) – Fukushima Nakatsukasadaifu (a specific name)
河内出羽守 (Kawachi Dewanokami) – Kawachi Dewanokami (a specific name)
志木本兵右衛門 (Shiki Motohyouemon or Shikimoto Hyoemon) – Shiki Motohyoemon (a specific name)
代矢立 (shiroyadachi) – Arrow Exchange Stand
藤田氏 (Fujita shi) – Mr. Fujita
荒木氏 (Araki shi) – Mr. Araki Family
松 (matsu) – Pine tree
矢取 (yatori) – Arrow retrieval
サイフリ(saifuri) – Dice throwing game
丁 (choo) – Odd number
紋 (mon) – Crest
定 (sada) -fixed.”