Original Toyonobu (1859 - 1886) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Seven Spears of Shizugadake, 1883
Comments - Fantastic triptych depicting the seven famous warriors at the Battle of Shizugadake in 1583, when Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeated Sakuma Morimasa. In this famous incident, seven of Hideyoshi's bravest samurai used spears to attack the enemy, most notably the great Kato Kiyomasa. They are shown here on a craggy hilltop before the battle, surveying the enemy troops below. At right, a warrior blows a conch shell to signal the attack, while another sits astride a brown horse peering over the edge of the precipice. The valiant men are calm and determined as they prepare for the battle, dressed in beautifully detailed armor, their sashimono or personal standards flying above their backs. A terrific design with a magnificent mountain setting. A great choice for a samurai enthusiast.
Artist - Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 27 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds. Slight soiling and ink offsetting, a few creases. Please see photos for details.