Original Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Great Battle of Ichi-no-Tani, 1852
Comments - Fantastic triptych depicting the famous battle at the Taira fortress of Ichi-no-Tani in 1184. The castle sat on a narrow strip of land with mountains on one side and the sea on the other. Here, Yoshitsune's forces attack along the coast, charging forward from the right with the Minamoto battle standards flying high. In the center, the Minamoto general Kumagai Jiro Naozane faces the young Taira Prince Atsumori on horseback, the youth thrusting his sword forward at left as the Nazozane wields his weapon with both hands, holding it over his head. The dramatic coastal scenery makes a spectacular setting for the scene. A terrific woodblock illustrating one of the most famous battles during the Genpei War. A great choice for a samurai enthusiast or a student of military history.
Artist - Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 7/8" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Thinning and small losses at edges, repaired. Creasing and wrinkling, slight soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.