Hirayama Ikuo Painting Work
The Silk Road

Ancient Roman Relics Ephesus, Turkey

  • Hirayama Ikuo
  • 2007
  • Color on Paper (Japanese Style Painting, Nihonga)
  • 171.0×728.0cm

There are two pieces of works depicting relics of ancient Rome – the last two pieces of the “Great Silk Road” series – are displayed in the large exhibition hall on the second floor of the museum. The work depicts Ephesus, the port city facing the Aegean Sea and the largest ancient relics in Asia Minor in southwestern Turkey. As a Hellenistic city, it gained prosperity as the trade center in the Eastern Mediterranean after it was ruled by Rome. The painting is more than 7 meters in length. Above the nearly collapsed pillars, you could see the flying golden cavalry, the army of Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great, who dreamed of integrating Eastern and Western civilizations, arrived at Ephesus in 334 BC on his way to the East. Over 2,000 years later, only weeds, wild flowers, and sheep could be seen there. Hirayama Ikuo shows the depth of history by spending a lot of time drawing this picture carefully.