The Rise and Fall of the Genji and Heike: Sato Tadanobu and Overturned Go Board, 1886 - Fantastic triptych depicting the attempted arrest of the famous warrior Sato no Tadanobu, a loyal retainer of Yoshitsune of the Genji (Minamoto) clan. 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 with one hand, while simultaneously crushing a guard's head beneath his foot and grabbing his mistress's robe as she tries to flee. Chaos reigns as another samurai tumbles to the ground at left, knocking over a pail of water, and the container of game pieces scatters its contents through the air. A plum tree blooms in the garden, with misty clouds drifting before a glowing moon. An incredible scene from this legendary tale, with a beautifully detailed setting, including burnishing on the black lacquer architectural trim and the side of the go board.
Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)
Image Size - 14" x 27 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. Loss and small tears at edges, a few holes, repaired. Creasing, slight ink bleeding. Please see photos for details.
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