Portrait of a Warrior (Minamoto no Yoritomo)Artist(s)JapaneseArtist NationalityJapanese (culture or style)Object Creation Date17th centuryMedium & Supporthanging scroll, ink and color on silkDimensions
46 1/2 in. x 19 5/8 in. ( 118.1 cm x 49.8 cm )Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Province M. HenrySubject matter
Minamoto no Yoritomo"(1147-99). Founder of the Kamakura
Shogunate (1192-1333), the first warrior government of Japan. Yoritomo was the third son of Minamoto
no Yoshitomo. Through a series of battles, Yoritomo and his followers defeated the Taira
family and consolidated power over almost all of Japan. During the conflicts, however, Yoritomo's relationship with his younger brother Yoshitsune deteriorated. Eventually, Yoshitsune was forced to commit ritual suicide, and Yoritomo became shogun. Military chronicles such as the Heike monogatari, Gikeiki
, and Gempei
seisuiki portray Yoritomo as shrewd, calculating, and even ruthless; however, it was these very qualities that enabled Yoritomo to establish Japan's first warrior government, the basic structure of which would survive for nearly 700 years. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)"
“Minamoto No Yoritomo.” Minamoto No Yoritomo | Japan Module, www.japanpitt.pitt.edu/glossary/minamoto-no-yoritomo.
A man in red armor is sitting cross-legged on a green mat. Behind him to the left, there is a table with a gold dragon on top. Behind him on the wall, there is an inscription.Primary Object Classification Painting Primary Object Typehanging scrollAdditional Object Classification(s)PaintingCollection AreaAsianRights
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