Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Battle of Honno-ji Temple, 1868
Comments - Dramatic, rather gory scene of Oda Nobunaga's last stand at Honno-ji Temple. The treacherous Akechi Mitsuhide, one of Nobunaga's generals, attacked his master while he was resting at Honno-ji in an effort to overthrow him. Outnumbered and surrounded, Nobunaga committed suicide while his loyal retainer Mori Ranmaru set fire to the temple and fought off the attackers before killing himself. At right, Ranmaru bravely rushes towards the attackers with his bloody sword held high, grabbing a spear thrust at him. At his feet, a severed arm still holds the hair of a severed head. Flames and clouds of smoke billow across the night sky, creating a dramatic setting for the action. A bold depiction of this famous event.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 19" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. Creasing, small mark. Please see photos for details.