Taira no Tomomori at the Battle of Dan-no-ura, 1853

by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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Taira no Tomomori at the Battle of Dan-no-ura, 1853 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Original Kunisada II (1823 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Taira no Tomomori at the Battle of Dan-no-ura, 1853

Comments - Intriguing scene from the famous Battle of Dan-no-ura between the Minamoto and the Taira clans. Taira no Tomomori, the leader of the Taira, is shown as a ghost surrounded by his enemies on shore. He kneels in the center gripping a naginata with a broken handle, his blue face indicating that he is dead. A few guards tumble backwards in surprise, while the Genji commander, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, watches with a stern front at center, wearing a red vest over his armor. At left, Yoshitsune's loyal retainer Benkei leans forward with a string of prayer beads in his outstretched hand, a hat sailing through the air overhead. At right, the young Emperor Antoku perches on Suke no Tsubone's shoulder beneath the shelter of a rocky overhang. Ships appear in dark silhouette across the water in the distance. A dramatic image with wonderfully expressive figures and soft bokashi shading in the water and sky.

Artist - Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 28 3/4"

Condition - Good detail. Backed with paper. Vertical folds between panels. A few small repairs at edges.

Taira no Tomomori at the Battle of Dan-no-ura, 1853 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)
Taira no Tomomori at the Battle of Dan-no-ura, 1853 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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