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14. Ukita Ikkei (1795-1859)
Uji Bridge
Signed: Ikkeisai hitsu
Seals: Toyotomi Yoshitame
Technique: sumi on paper 27,7 x 42
Mounting: brown silk and pink paper
red lacquered rollers, 105 x 44,3
Condition: very good

Uji Bridge, one of the oldest bridges in Japan, crosses the Uji-gawa joining Kyoto and Yamato, the main cities of old Japan. The Buddhist priest Dôchô of the Genko-ji Temple in Nara constructed it in 647. During its long history, Uji Bridge was washed away by floods and burned down in times of war many times, but it has always been rebuilt. The current bridge was repaired in 1996.

Ikkei was a leading member of a group of artists working at the end of the Edo period, who sought to revive the painting styles of the Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (1185-1333) periods.
This style, called ‘Yamato-e Revival’ (Fukko Yamato-e), was favourably received by the imperial court in Kyoto, where Ikkei was employed as an artist. Ikkei participated in the political activities of the time, and was imprisoned. He died shortly after his release from prison.

Tsuruga City Museum 2000 pp. 100-105
Roberts p. 52
Araki p. 48