Comments - Fantastic depiction of the famous warrior Sato no Tadanobu, a loyal retainer of Yoshitsune, resisting arrest. After a former mistress betrayed his hiding place, he used a go board to fight off more than 200 policemen attacking him. Here, he waves the go board above his head as a weapon as two containers of game pieces fly through the air, scattering black and white pieces over his attackers. Two men grab him from behind, but he fights valiantly as a noblemen directs the charge from upper right. An incredible scene from this legendary tale, with a dramatic composition and fine detail. Go board prints are highly collectible, and this woodblock illustrates one of the most famous tales involving a go board. A great subject.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 19"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Two attached panels. Paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous backing. Vertical and diagonal wrinkles, small repair, creasing throughout. Please see photos for details.
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