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a school of Japanese painting that evolved in the tenth and eleventh centuries. Yamato-e paintings mainly depict scenes from aristocratic life. Some portray events from history or legend, while others are illustrations to court novels. They were executed with india ink and paints, most often on scrolls, and usually formed a series (emakimono). The genre flourished from the 12th to 14th centuries. Many characteristic features of yamato-e, such as the ornamental shapes of clouds and devices of parallel perspective, later became typical of the kano and ukiyo-e schools.