Comments - Fantastic image of Taira Tomomori tied to an anchor and preparing to throw himself into the sea to commit honorable suicide after his defeat at the Battle of Dan-no-ura. Here, he hoists the large anchor over one shoulder, a heavy rope tangled around it and wrapped across his chest. He grimaces angrily, his wild hair flying about his face, which is already shaded with blue to indicate his impending death. He wears a fine suit of armor over blue print hakama pants, his gray kimono pushed down to the waist. Crabs are gathered across the rocky ledge, and those in this area became known as Heike crabs, because the shells bear a pattern resembling a face, said to be that of the drowned Heike (Taira) warriors. A terrific image, beautifully drawn and detailed.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14" x 9 5/8" + left margin as shown
Condition - Nice detail. Small repairs at edges. Diagonal folds.
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