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Six-fold screen depicting a military dog-chasing game

  • Description

    Dog chasing was a Japanese military game that was popular with the ruling warrior class. In the game samurai competitors were judged on their riding and archery skills as they aimed padded arrows at a running dog. The game was not intended to harm the dogs.

    In this screen the archers wait in a circle for the dog to be released. This is the right-hand screen of a pair; the left-hand screen (now in the National Museum of Korea) would have depicted a later stage of the game. Not only samurai but also many ordinary townspeople are depicted in the audience, enjoying the lively entertainment provided by the game

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Japan (place of creation)
    17th century (1601 - 1700)
    Material and technique
    ink, colour, and gold leaf on paper
    open 167 x 384 x 1.6 cm estimated (height x width x depth)
    closed 167 x 64 x 10 cm (height x width x depth)
    painting without frame 151 x 375 cm estimated (height x width)
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    Purchased, 1983.
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  • Further reading

    Katz, Janice, Japanese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, with an introductory essay by Oliver Impey (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2003), p. 15


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