Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Menju Sosuke Ieteru (Menju Shosuke Ieteru)
Series; Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (Taiheiki Eiyuden)
Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki - Few other Japanese woodblock printmakers ever matched Kuniyoshi's detail and artistry in the genre of warrior prints. Published between 1847 - 1850, Kuniyoshi's fantastic series, "Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (Grand Pacification)," presents fifty full-length portraits of famous warriors involved in the closing period of the civil wars in 16th century Japan, just before unification of the country. These dramatic images show these leaders engaged in battle or posing heroically in all their military glory. Kuniyoshi captures the unique aspects of each warrior, with texts above detailing their heroic careers. To evade the prohibitions enacted in 1804 against depicting historic figures who lived after 1573, each warrior has a pseudonym that would have been easily recognized by the viewers of the time. The actual name of the individual is provided in parentheses. These prints are a great opportunity to collect a part of Japanese history, dynamically documented by the leading master of warrior prints.
Menju Sosuke Ieteru (Menju Shosuke Ieteru) - Fantastic portrait of the young Menju Shosuke Ieteru retrieving his lord's standard, which had been captured by the enemy. Only sixteen at the time, Ieteru was a retainer of Shibata Katsuie. He is shown here grasping the standard firmly with one hand, his sword held high above his head. Spears are thrust at him, and arrows and swords litter the ground. Ieteru was later killed at the Battle of Shizugamine in 1583. A dramatic composition with excellent detail in the expressive face and flowing hair. A terrific image from this classic samurai series.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14" x 9 3/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Wormhole, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.