Bill’s Curated Selection Part II - I assembled this interesting and rare collection of Yoshitoshi over the last year. Yoshitoshi works are a personal favorite. I hope you enjoy shopping my collection as much as I enjoyed putting it together. – Bill
Comments - Dramatic depiction of the Battle of Honno-ji in 1582 where the great Oda Nobunaga was forced to commit suicide by the treacherous Akechi Mitsuhide. Nobunaga was resting at Honno Temple when his retainer Mitsuhide attacked him in an attempt to seize power. Outnumbered and surrounded, Nobunaga committed suicide while his loyal samurai Mori Ranmaru set fire to the temple and fought off the attackers before killing himself. Ranmaru appears in the center panel, bravely rushing forward 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, the body lying nearby. Flames and smoke billow across the night sky, obscuring the temple building at right. A striking design.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14" x 28 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. Wormholes, repaired. Slight creasing. Please see photos for details.