Original Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sato Tadanobu and Overturned Go Board, 1895
Comments - Terrific triptych depicting the famous warrior Sato no Tadanobu, a loyal retainer of Yoshitsune, fighting for his life. After a former mistress betrayed his hiding place, he used a go board to defend himself against more than 200 policemen attacking him. He struggles with two opponents on the verandah of the house, a clawed weapon flying through the air beside him. Three enemies are piled in a heap at the foot of the verandah, struck down by as single go board, playing pieces scattered all around them. A nobleman on horseback waits in the courtyard, pointing his fan, accompanied by additional policemen carrying flaming torches. The moon rises behind a plum in the pale gray evening sky. A fantastic depiction of what is probably the most famous legend involving a go board.
Artist - Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 27 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Slight soiling, a few small marks, slight rubbing at edges. Please note: due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details. Good overall.