Original Toyonobu (1859 - 1886) Japanese Woodblock Print
Otonomiya's Escape to Yoshino
Comments - Dramatic scene of Imperial Prince Moriyoshi, whose nickname was Otonomiya, during his escape to Yoshino. Otonomiya was the son of the 14th century Emperor Go-Daigo, who was forced to flee Kyoto after attempting to overthrow the Kamakura Shogunate. Go-Daigo set up a southern court in the mountainous area of Yoshino, and here, Otonomiya is shown during his attempt to rejoin his father. The prince kneels on a low platform at right, drinking a cup of sake as a retainer bows before him, holding a folding fan to his forehead. Broken arrows protrude from his armor and he wears a horned battle helmet. Fires rage in the distance with smoke billowing over the cloth privacy panels of the encampment. A fascinating subject with soft shading in the smoke.
Artist - Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical and diagonal folds. A couple small tears at edge, repaired. Creasing and wrinkling, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.