Original Toshinobu (1866 - 1903) Japanese Woodblock Print
Benkei Reads from the Subscription List at Ataka Barrier in Kaga Province, 1883
Comments - Great scene from "The Subscription List" (Kanjincho) of the warrior monk Benkei reading a fake list after being stopped at the Ataka Barrier. Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his men were attempting to cross the border disguised as yamabushi or mountain priests. They told the aristocrat Togashi, who was charged with intercepting them, that they were collecting funds for temple restoration. The nobleman asked Benkei to read a list of the contributors, so thinking quickly, he began reading from a blank scroll. The monk stand in the center with the scroll pressed up close to his face as he pretends to read. Yoshitsune and his retainers sit quietly at right, their portable shrines on the ground beside them. Togashi eyes them haughtily from the pavilion at left, dressed in a blue brocade robe. A handsome interpretation of this classic subject, with a nicely detailed natural setting among the pine trees. Includes burnishing on Benkei's black vest.
Artist - Toshinobu (1866 - 1903)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels. Remnants of paper hinge mounts on reverse at three point on top edge. Slight soiling, a few creases and marks. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.