Kusunoki Masashige, 1862 - Terrific portrait of the legendary samurai Kusunoki Masashige, a brilliant strategist and general who fought to restore the exiled Emperor Go-Daigo to the throne. At the Battle of Minatogawa, Kusunoki led his men into the field at the emperor's order, knowing that his side faced superior forces and almost certain death. Badly defeated, Kusunoki and his remaining men committed suicide. Kusunoki is remembered for his extreme loyalty and self-sacrifice, and a monument to him stands outside the Imperial Palace. Here, he sits on a fur skin with a map spread out on before him, consulting the compass in his hand. He wears a purple vest over a fine suit of armor, and a black court cap. An armillary sphere is shown on an ornate stand at left as a symbol of his knowledge. A great subject, nicely detailed.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 14" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Good color and detail. A few small creases at edges.
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