Original Toyonobu (1859 - 1886) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Flooding of Takamatsu Castle, 1883
Series; The New Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Shinsen Taikoki)
The Flooding of Takamatsu Castle, 1883 - Fantastic scene from the flooding of Takamatsu Castle. In 1592, Toyotomi Hideyoshi decided to end his siege of the fortress by diverting a nearby river, flooding the low-lying castle and leading to the surrender of Shimizu Muneharu, who held the castle for the Mori Clan. Here, Hideyoshi and two retainers sail across the gently rippling water with offerings for the fallen warriors. An offering tray in the front of the boat is laden with a large fish surrounded by greenery. Hideyoshi looks solemnly ahead as the samurai behind him poles the craft along. An encampment is visible on the shore at upper right, with banners and standards fluttering above the tent walls. Fine bokashi shading in the water and sky, with a dusting on mica on the water and across the top of the sky in the right panel. An interesting subject.
Artist - Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 18 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two attached panels, backed with paper. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.