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Handscrolls

絵巻 (Emaki)


Emaki, or Japanese handscroll, has traditionally been a format that is particularly suited for narrative painting. Like a book, a handscroll is an intimate object that is held in the hands and is ideally viewed by only a few people at a time. Composed of sheets of paper or silk joined horizontally and rolled around a dowel, handscrolls are unfurled one segment at a time, in sections about two feet long. Like a book, a handscroll is an intimate object that is held in the hands and is ideally viewed by only a few people at a time. Reading a handscroll can become an almost cinematic experience as the viewer scrolls through a narrative from right to left, rolling out one segment with his left hand as he re-rolls the right-hand portion. The long, expansive format of the handscroll is especially conducive to the illustration of scene-by-scene detail. Emaki often come in sets, so that a long story can be spread out over several scrolls. See "Japanese Illustrated Handscrolls". Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. Retrieved 2014-12-11.

HAND SCROLL OF "HEIJI MONOGATARI EMAKI" Coll; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston



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