Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Loyal Masaoka, Wet Nurse to the Date Clan, 1881
Series; Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan
Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan - Yoshitoshi's late series "Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan" highlights important figures throughout the history of Imperial Japan, from both legend and real life. These terrific images include valiant samurai, brave retainers, loyal wives, and fantastic demons. Beautifully drawn with a wonderful sense of realism and finely printed with rich jewel-tone colors, these designs are a great example of Yoshitoshi's mature artistic style. A great choice for a Yoshitoshi collector.
The Loyal Masaoka, Wet Nurse to the Date Clan, 1881 - Terrific illustration based on the true story of efforts to overthrow the Date family in the northern town of Sendai in the 16th century. Masaoka was the wet nurse in charge of the family heir, a young boy about the same age as her son. Enemies had a tray of poisoned candy delivered in an attempt to assassinate the heir. Trained to taste the heir's food, Masaoka's own son ran forward and ate a sweet, dying instantly. Masaoka cradles the child's lifeless body in her arms, raising her face to the sky in quiet grief, the overturned tray of sweets at her feet. A moving, emotional scene from this famous story. Wonderful detail in the elegant kimono fabrics and household furnishings. Includes lacquer on the black stand of the vase.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Nice condition overall.