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.
Murakami Yoshimitsu, 1898 - Great image of Murakami Yoshimitsu retrieving his clan's banner from the enemy. He enters the courtyard disguised as a yamabushi or mountain priest, grabbing the banner with one hand as he tosses an opponent through the air with the other hand, sending the samurai tumbling head over heels. Another enemy tries to keep hold of the standard, falling to the ground as Yoshimitsu glares at him angrily. A lively scene, nicely detailed with burnishing on the scabbard and the black areas of the armor.
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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