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.
Kusunoki Masatsura, 1898 - Fantastic depiction of the young samurai Kusunoki Masatsura in battle, facing a hail of arrows. He charges ahead using his helmet as a shield for his face, his loose hair streaming behind him. Arrows protrude from the helmet and his armor, and a fellow warrior on the ground behind him slices an arrow in two with his upraised sword. Sadly, Masatsura was killed in the Battle of Shijo Nawate at the age of 22. Following in the footsteps of his more well known father, Kusunoki Masashige, he was a loyal supporter of the Southern Court and Emperor Go-Daigo, fighting against the Ashikaga Shogunate during the Nanboku-cho wars, A dynamic 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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