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.
Shizuka Gozen, 1898 - Handsome portrait of Shizuka gozen performing as a shirabyoshi dancer before the Shogun Yoritomo. Lady Shizuka was the mistress of Yoritomo's brother Yoshitsune, with whom he was feuding. While Yoshitsune was in hiding, the Shogun sent for Lady Shizuka to have her perform for him at the famous shrine at Tsurugaoka, hoping to trick her into revealing Yoshitsune's whereabouts, but she kept his secret. Known for her beauty and dancing skill, Shizuka Gozen waves her sleeves gracefully as musician play at left and Yoritomo watches from a low platform at upper right. An attractive design.
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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