Original Toyonobu (1859 - 1886) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Genpei War: The Great Battle at Uji Bridge
Comments - Fantastic triptych illustrating the Great Battle at Uji Bridge during the 12th century Genpei War between the Taira and Minamoto forces. After the Taira pursued Prince Mochihito to Mii-dera temple outside Kyoto, the Minamoto army led him south across the Uji River. To prevent the Taira from following them, they tore up the planks of the bridge just outside the Byodoin temple. The Taira forded the river, and Minamoto no Yorimasa and his men, along with monks from the temple, fought bravely but were defeated, with Yorimasa committing suicide, the first recorded instance of seppuku or ritual suicide. The elderly Yorimasa directs operations from a folding stool at right, waving his battle fan at the samurai on horseback beside him. In the background, warriors battle atop the understructure of the bridge, wielding naginata and swords. A bold image with terrific detail and lively color.
Artist - Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few small holes, a couple tiny losses at edges, repaired. Creasing and wrinkling, slight soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.