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.
Ushiwaka and Benkei, 1898 - Great image depicting Ushiwaka, the young Minamoto no Yoshitsune, during his famous confrontation with the warrior Benkei on Gojo Bridge. Benkei had been stealing swords from the samurai who crossed the bridge, planning to melt them down to make into one incredible sword for himself. Having learned swordsmanship from magic tengu, Ushiwaka easily defeated Benkei, who then pledged his allegiance to the young samurai. Here, Ushiwaka plays the flute calmly as Benkei grips a pole arm with both hands, ready to attack him. Misty clouds drift across the full moon above. A terrific design, detailed with burnishing on 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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