Comments - Great scene of Kusunoki Masashige and rallying his troops before fighting the Ashikaga at the Battle of Minatogawa (Minato River). A 14th century samurai who fought for the exiled Emperor Go-Daigo, Kusunoki led his men into the field at the emperor's order, knowing that his side faced superior forces and almost certain death. Badly defeated, Kusunoki and his remaining men committed suicide rather than face capture. At top left, a samurai beats on a drum while two warriors to the right blow a conch and strike a bell hanging from the branch of pine tree. At center left, Masashige sits on a folding stool surrounded by his retainers as a messenger in the center delivers news. The banners of enemy troops can be seen above the treetops in the distance below a great mountain. A striking design. The first time we've seen this Kuniyoshi subject.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 7/8"
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical folds at sides. A few small and creases, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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