Original Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870) Japanese Woodblock Print
Kusunoki Masashige and Troops, Shut up in Shihaya Castle, Defeat the Minamoto clan by Burning down the Bridge, 1848
Comments - Terrific scene of the Minamoto attacking Kusunoki Masashige and his troops, who are shut up inside Shihaya Castle. Kunsunoki foiled the assault, however, by setting fire to the bridge across a chasm. At upper left, the samurai hurl burning bundles of brush over the side of the fortress as the bridge below collapses in a burst of flames and smoke, sending the attackers plummeting to their deaths. At right, the Minamoto commander on a dappled horse watches with an angry expression, gesturing with his tasseled command baton. A fantastic samurai subject.
Artist - Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 29 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical fold in each panel. A few small losses and wormholes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, a few marks. Please see photos for details.