Original Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874) Japanese Woodblock Print
Complete View of the Great Battle between the Two Generals of Kai Province and Echigo Province at Kawanakajima, 1859
Comments - Fantastic depiction of the two great generals Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin at the Battle of Kawanakajima. In the center, Kenshin gallops into the enemy camp on a brown horse, gripping his sword with both hands as he aims at Shingen. Still sitting on his folding camp stool, Shingen thrusts out his iron battle fan to deflect the blow. His retainers rally round him, rushing towards the horseman with spears and swords. The battle rages fiercely all around them with figures silhouetted in black against the night sky, weapons flying through the air. A dramatic scene packed with terrific detail, such as the snake battle helmet of the warrior on the right and his companion's skull banner. Includes embossing on the white wig of Shingen's helmet. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. A great triptych illustrating the famous 16th century war between Kai and Echigo provinces.
Artist - Kuniteru II (1829 - 1874)
Image Size - 14" x 29 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, right panel backed with paper. Vertical folds. A few wormholes, slight thinning at edges, repaired. Slight creasing and soiling, paper remnants in margins. Please see photos for details.