Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Battle of Ueno, Toh Dai War of 1868
Comments - Terrific six-panel print of the Battle of Ueno at Kaneiji Shrine in 1868. The battle took place between Meiji Imperial forces and samurai loyal to the Tokugawa Shogunate during the Boshin or Todai Wars of 1868-69. Kaneiji Shrine was the most important Buddhist temple during the Tokugawa era. This amazing work depicts the Meiji soldiers on horseback and on foot streaming through the entrance into the shrine as shots fly through the air, exploding overhead. The samurai, armed with swords, spears, and naginata, were no match for the guns and cannons of the Meiji troops, although they fought bravely. Clouds of smoke and flames pour from the temple buildings as monks and warriors scramble along the rooftop, one man leaping over the side. This amazing print is packed with action in a wonderful composition that flows across the panoramic scene. A fascinating print of one of the most famous battles during the Meiji Restoration.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 56 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Six separate panels. Slight paper remnants along side of one panel. Separation along vertical fold in two panels, a few large tears at edges and holes, slight thinning at edges, repaired. Toning, soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.