Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Endo Giemon Masatada (Endo Kiemon Natosugu)
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.
Endo Giemon Masatada (Endo Kiemon Natosugu) - Terrific portrait of the Asai Clan retainer Endo Kiemon Natosugu at the Battle of Anegawa in 1570. After sneaking across enemy lines, he was discovered by Oda Nobunaga, and promptly hurled a severed head at him. He is shown gripping the decapitated enemy head by the hair, ready to throw it in disgust. He grimaces angrily, his hair flowing wildly about his face. His helmet and sword rest on the ground along with broken arrows and a fallen black and white banner. A dynamic image, wonderfully detailed.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14" x 9 3/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Small loss at edge, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.