Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
In the Great Battle between the Minamoto and the Taira at Akama Bay in Nagato Province, the Taira Clan Are Utterly Destroyed, 1845
Comments - Fantastic triptych of the famous naval Battle of Dan-no-ura in 1185 between Taira and Minamoto forces off the shore of Nagato Province. At the center is the magnificent Imperial Barge with a fantastic phoenix prow and a golden dragon on top. The ship is carrying the six-year-old Emperor Antoku, shown here in the arms of his grandmother in the prow of the boat. At left Yoshitsune, leader of the Minamoto clan, executes his legendary "eight boat leap," flying through the air in a crouching position and dodging a wooden oar or rudder thrown at him. Minamoto and Taira boats are in fierce pursuit, with waves crashing and banners and flags flying in the ocean breeze. An incredible image, full of energy and excitement, with excellent detail and a lively color. A terrific subject for a samurai enthusiast. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Small tear at edge, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few stains, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.