An Epic Battle in Motion

The 13th-century scroll Night Attack on the Sanjō Palace is more than 25 feet long and details a battle that occurred 100 years before it was made. Anne Nishimura Morse, William and Helen Pounds Senior Curator of Japanese Art, describes how the artist created a vivid sense of motion and chaos. Japanese art historian Professor Nobuo Tsuji provides insight on how the act of reading the scrolls is similar to the experience of animation. This powerful work, Morse notes, remains relatable and emotional for many today.