Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Night Attack of the Loyal Retainers, 1864
Comments - Incredible illustration of the 47 ronin's night attack on Moronao's mansion with a fierce battle raging in the snowy courtyard. In the center, one of Moronao's men fights with a sword in each hand, blood streaming from wounds on his head and leg. At left, one of the ronin slices through an enemy's skull with one stroke of his blade, blood spurting through the air. A fascinating, if rather gruesome, depiction of this epic tale of honor and revenge. A great subject for a Yoshitoshi collector or anyone interested in the samurai tradition.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 29 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Small losses at ends of and slight thinning along vertical centerfold in each panel, large tear in right panel, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and rubbing. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.