Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Series; Eight Honorable Ways of Conduct, 1878
Loyalty - Handsome portrait of the legendary samurai Kusunoki Masashige, a brilliant strategist and general who fought to restore the exiled Emperor Go-Daigo to the throne. At the great Battle of Minatogawa, Kusunoki led his men into the field at the emperor's order, knowing that his side faced superior forces and almost certain death. Badly defeated, Kusunoki and his remaining men committed suicide rather than face capture. Here, he looks down with a sad expression, fully aware that he will not be successful in the upcoming battle, but determined to remain loyal to the emperor. He wears a suit of armor over a fine brocade robe, a quiver of arrows at his side and a tall black court cap on his head. A beautifully poignant image of this great leader, who is remembered today for his extreme loyalty and self-sacrifice.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14" x 9"
Condition - Beautifully printed with excellent color and detail as shown. A nice clean, crisp print with no damage or repairs. Please see photos for details. Excellent overall.