Chikanobu's Tale of the Heike - Terrific scene from Chikanobu's 1898 series based on "The Tale of the Heike," which recounts the epic twelfth-century Genpei War between the Taira (Heike) and Minamoto (Genji) clans for control of Japan. These dramatic designs illustrate clashes between famous warriors, meetings between military leaders, and legendary incidents during this warring period. Beautifully detailed and colored, these striking images feature lively color and attractive settings, many embellished with burnishing or touches of embossing. A great choice for a collector interested in this historic conflict. A rarely seen warrior series by Chikanobu.
Kojima Takanori, 1898 - Terrific image of the warrior Kojima Takanori writing a poem in Chinese on the trunk of a cherry tree. Takanori was a loyal supporter of the exiled Emperor Go-Daigo, and attempted to rescue him while he was being transported to a remote location. He was able to sneak into the camp, but could not reach the emperor, so according to legend, he carved a poem of encouragement for the emperor on a cherry tree. In the morning, the guards found the poem, but could not read Chinese, but the emperor could, and was heartened by the message. A handsome illustration of this famed event. Detailed with burnishing on the scabbard and the black greaves (leg protectors).
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 8" x 13" + margins as shown
Condition - Good color and detail. Vertical centerfold. Some prints have a couple spots.
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