Vanguard in the Battle of the Uji River Fuchi-Kashira
Beautiful Fuchi-Kashira depicting a renowned episode of the Genpei War – “Vanguard in the Battle of the Uji River” (Ujigawa no senjin), sometimes also translated as “Race at the Uji River”. Sasaki Shiro Takatsuna (1160-1214), on Fuchi, and Kajiwara Genta Kagesue (1162-1200), on Kashira, racing to cross Uji river before the second battle of Uji in 1184. Excellent carving. Great attention to detail. Fine inlay. Just look at the face expressions – a true masterpiece.