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.
Atsumori and Kumagai, 1898 - Great image from the famous Battle of Ichi-no-tani of the Minamoto warrior Kumagai Naozane galloping along on a black horse, chasing after the young Taira samurai Atsumori, who is attempting to escape through the water. The veteran waves his fan at him to stop, his cape billowing out behind him. The young man pauses to look back at him, gripping the reins and wearing a horned battle helmet. According to the "Tale of the Heike," Naozane tearfully beheaded the young prince, but promised to say prayers for him, as his own son was the same age, later becoming a monk to pray for him. The tragic story of Atsumori's death in his first battle became the subject of many Noh and kabuki plays. A striking design, nicely composed and detailed with burnishing on the fan and armor, and delicate cloth embossing on the white cape.
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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