Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki - Few other Japanese woodblock printmakers ever matched Kuniyoshi's detail and artistry in the genre of warrior prints. Published between 1847 - 1850, Kuniyoshi's fantastic series, "Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (Grand Pacification)," presents fifty full-length portraits of famous warriors involved in the closing period of the civil wars in 16th century Japan, just before unification of the country. These dramatic images show these leaders engaged in battle or posing heroically in all their military glory. Kuniyoshi captures the unique aspects of each warrior, with texts above detailing their heroic careers. To evade the prohibitions enacted in 1804 against depicting historic figures who lived after 1573, each warrior has a pseudonym that would have been easily recognized by the viewers of the time. The actual name of the individual is provided in parentheses. These prints are a great opportunity to collect a part of Japanese history, dynamically documented by the leading master of warrior prints.
Hayashi Tanshiro Taketoshi (Hayashi Hanshiro Taketoshi) - Fantastic depiction of Hayashi Tanshiro Taketoshi gripping one enemy under each arm. The faces of his opponents are an ashen gray as he crushes them in his strong grasp. Taketoshi's hair flies up wildly as he whips his head around to look behind him. A retainer of the Akechi clan, he was defeated by Hideyoshi in 1582 at the Battle of Uchide-no-hama. A dramatic action pose with terrific detail, and a great choice for a samurai enthusiast.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 10"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. A couple small repairs and stains, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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