酒飯論絵巻考 : 原本の確定とその位置付け [in Japanese] A Study of the Shuhanron emaki : Identification of the Original Kano School Version and Discussion of its Position within Muromachi period Painting History [in Japanese]
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The Shuhanron emaki is a Japanese handscroll painting which illustrates a debate over the respective merits of rice wine verses rice for eating. Although the scroll has been recognized here-to-fore as an important historical materials within the study of eating and drinking, culinary, and banquet customs, it has not been examined from art historical standpoint. This has largely been due to the fact that numerous recensions of the scroll survive and, in turn, identification of the original painting has been problematic. Consequently, while it has been generally thought that an original version of the scroll had been produced during the Muromachi period, questions concerning its artist, precious date of production, and its historical and religious background have remained unanswered. In this paper, I classify extant versions of the scroll into two distinct lineages, one associated with the artist Kano Motonobu and the other with the artist Tosa Mitumoto. Moreover, I identify one scroll, presently in a private collection in Japan, as being the original version within the Motonobu lineage. Finally, comparison of this painting with Motonobu's Shakado engi emaki and Shutendoji emaki confirms its Motonobu style and permits us to attribute it to Motonobu himself or to his studio.
Aesthetics 45(1), 64-74, 1994
The Japanese Society for Aesthetics