Sensho (A Day for Official Business) - Terrific image of Inagawa Yoshimoto during his last fight at the Battle of Okehazama in 1560. Despite being badly outnumbered, Oda Nobunaga's surprise attack on Inagawa's encampment proved victorious. The Inagawa samurai were celebrating their recent victories with sake, singing, and dancing when a sudden rainstorm occurred. Nobunaga's men poured into the camp, and their enemies fled, leaving Yoshimoto's tent undefended. When he emerged, he found himself alone against Nobunaga's troops, and was swiftly beheaded. Here, Yoshimoto makes his last stand with fierce determination, raising his sword above his head as an enemy lunges at him, reaching for his arm, while another grabs him from behind. Yoshimoto wears a fine suit of armor and a horned battle helmet topped with a dragon. A dramatic image of this fateful moment, with a dynamic composition and fine detail in the armor and weapons. A rarely seen Kuniyoshi series, printed in 1860 from designs the artist made much earlier, around 1835.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 3/4" + left margin as shown
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Wrinkling throughout. Please see photos for details.