Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Assembly of Ashikaga Takauji, 1852
Comments - Terrific scene Ashikaga Takauji, the founder and first shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate in 1338, supervising the preparation of a feast. In the foreground, men carry large woven baskets full of melons, the containers decorated with palm leaves. An assortment of gifts and offerings of sake, fish, melons, and other items are arranged neatly in the center, with guests bowing respectfully at right. Retainers in armor are seated around the room, with some met at upper left gathered around a tray of large white mochi cakes, snacking on the delicacies. The paulownia mon or crest of the Minamoto family appears on the standards at lower left, and a tiled rooftop decorated with a fish ornament frames the view at bottom right. The image supposedly represents Toyotomi Hideyoshi swearing revenge on Akechi Mitsuhide after Mitsuhide's betrayal of Oda Nobunaga. A handsome design, nicely detailed, also in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 29 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal centerfold. Slight toning. Please see photos for details.