Oda Nobunaga Finds Saito Tosan Laughing at Him

by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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Oda Nobunaga Finds Saito Tosan Laughing at Him by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Oda Nobunaga Finds Saito Tosan Laughing at Him

Series; Foundations of Morality and Success (Kyodo Risshi no Motoi)

Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders.

Oda Nobunaga Finds Saito Tosan Laughing at Him - Interesting scene of the great leader Oda Nobunaga on horseback during a procession. His wife, Nohime, was the daughter of the daimyo Saito Tosan, and although their marriage was a political alliance, Nobunaga would eventually conquer the Saito Clan. Here, he pauses outside a house, gesturing angrily at the home where Saito sits in inside, laughing at him. Nobunaga wears a red kimono patterned with mushrooms, and tiger skin chaps, an attendant shielding him with a red orange umbrella. The villagers kneel respectfully along the side of the road, paying honor to the great warrior. At upper right, a row of retainers dressed in matching attire follows along behind him, each carrying a tall standard covered with red cloth. An intriguing subject, wonderfully detailed.

Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Image Size - 14" x 9 3/8"

Condition - Nice color and detail. Backed with paper.

Oda Nobunaga Finds Saito Tosan Laughing at Him by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Oda Nobunaga Finds Saito Tosan Laughing at Him by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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