Ox drawn

March 14, 2021

牛車

6 October 1992, Japan
International Letter Writing Week
from Heiji Monogatari Emaki, “Court nobles gathering in carriages”

As this is Mothers’ Day, I am featuring a stamp which I inherited from my mother, who was born in an Ox year.

Oxen had been used largely for transport. In this scroll from the 13th century, Oxen are depicted with nobleman’s carriages together with horses ( two are fighting in the centre! )

母の日なので、丑年生まれだった母が遺した日本の切手を紹介します。

13世紀初頭に描かれたと推定される『平時物語絵巻』の中に、馬車と牛車が並ぶ場面が描かれています。真ん中で喧嘩している馬と比べると、牛たちはおとなしそうです。

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