Meiji era Original Japanese Woodblock Print Set
Yoritomo Hiding after the Battle of Ishibashiyama Paper Model Set
Paper Model Sets - Fuji Arts is pleased to offer a terrific group of complete and uncut paper model sets. These entertaining 19th century prints were designed to be cut apart and formed into three-dimensional models. An inset cartouche provides an example of the finished scene once assembled. Using the scene as a guide, the model builder could cut out the different components of the scene from the prints and create the model. Sets usually include a variety of figures, accessories, and background elements, brightly colored and nicely detailed, with subjects ranging from kabuki plays to famous samurai battles.
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Comments - Terrific samurai paper model set depicting the great leader Minamoto no Yoritomo and a few of his men hiding in a hollow tree following his defeat at the Battle of Ishibashiyama. Taira warriors search the area looking for him, while his spy among the Taira, Kajiwara Kagetoki, attempts to divert Yoritomo's pursuers away from the hiding place by pointing with a flaming torch. The Taira warriors search the area, frowning grimly as shots streak across the dark night sky. The battle continues in the distances with samurai in silhouette fighting on foot and horseback. A striking composition with the gnarled trunk of the tree dominating the right side of the image and the shots adding dynamic diagonal lines. A great atmospheric choice for a samurai enthusiast, beautifully detailed. Includes pine trees, plum trees with buds, mountains, a backdrop of the ocean, and even flying birds. A great subject, complete in three panels.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - Each panel approximately 13 5/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Separate panels. This item with bright and clean colors. One small hole in top corner from previous string binding, as is usual for paper model prints. Please see photos for details.