Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Boshin War Battle, 1871
Comments - Dramatic battle scene from the Boshin or Todai Wars of 1868-1869 between Meiji Imperial forces and samurai loyal to the Tokugawa Shogunate. At right, a row of soldiers fires off a volley of shots while cannons fire, the shots streaking across the night sky. A few wear red or white wigs called Shaguma (Red Bear) or Haguma (White Bear), identifying them as warriors of the Tosa domain who were fighting on behalf of the Meiji Emperor. A narrow canal runs diagonally across the scene, with Meiji troops rushing over a bridge at upper right, and samurai charging across another bridge in the center, a row of wooden shield behind them. Flames and smoke rising from structures burning along the bottom of the scene. A lively image filled with action.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 29" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small loss and a few small tears at edges, repaired. Slight toning, slight soiling at edges. Please see photos for details.