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Portraits - Tenshi Sekkan Miei

The following portraits are from a series named Tenshi Sekkan Miei (天子摂関御影), attributed to Fujiwara Tamenobu (藤原為信, b:1248). The full series features different scrolls of emperors, regents and ministers from the time of Emperor Toba (reign: 1107-1123) until Emperor Go-Daigo (1318-1339).

The portraits are drawn in nise-e style (似絵, lit: likeness picture), a popular style of portraiture during the Kamakura period.

The original scrolls are held by the Museum of Imperial Collections (三の丸尚蔵館) in Tokyo, owned by the Imperial Household Agency (宮内庁).

Shown below are only characters relevant to the Heike Monogatari. Note that Emperors Konoe, Rokujō and Antoku are missing, possibly because of their early deaths at ages 16, 11 and 6, respectively.

Emperor Toba

Emperor Sutoku

Emperor Go-Shirakawa

Emperor Nijō

Emperor Takakura

Emperor Go-Toba

Portraits - Zenken Kojitsu

Below are several portraits of characters in Heike Monogatari, drawn by Kikuchi Yōsai (菊池 容斎) in his Zenken Kojitsu (前賢故実). The portraits are accompanied by rough biographies in Kanbun. Click the tiles for full-sized images. (Source: here)

Taira no Atsumori

Hotoke gozen

Taira no Iesada

Taira no Kiyomori


Taira no Michimori


Taira no Moritoshi

Fujiwara no Nagakata

Taira no Norimori

Taira no Noritsune

Minamoto no Noriyori

Fujiwara no Sanesada

Senju no mae

Taira no Shigehira

Taira no Shigemori

Kazusa no Tadamitsu

Taira no Tadamori

Taira no Tadanori

Minamoto no Tametomo

Taira no Tomomori

Taira no Tsunemasa

Minamoto no Yorimasa

Minamoto no Yoritomo

Minamoto no Yoshitsune

Taira no Yukimori