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.
Hino Kumawaka, 1898 - Terrific scene of the young boy Hino Kumawaka swinging from a stalk of bamboo. Suspected of a conspiracy against the emperor, the imperial court exiled his father to the island of Sado and ordered his execution by the lay monk Homma. Kumawaka made his way to the island, but Homma prevented him from seeing his father before his death. For revenge, Kumawaka killed Homma one night, then escaped by swinging across a moat on a bamboo cane. The agile young warrior glides easily through the night sky, gripping the bamboo with both hands, the stalk bending under his weight but not breaking. Nicely detailed with calligraphic line work in the bamboo and soft shading in the night sky. A great image from this famous tale, detailed with silver mica on the red kimono.
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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