Hangaku, a Woman Warrior - Fantastic portrait of the 12th century woman warrior Hangaku astride a rearing horse. The daughter of the samurai Jo no Sukemori, she raised an army in 1201 to help overthrow the Kamakura Shogunate, but was defeated and sent to Kamakura for execution. The Minamoto warrior Asari Yoshito saved her life and married her. Gripping the reins with one hand, she looks over her shoulder with a determined expression, a quiver of arrows at her back and a bow at her side. She wears a fine suit of armor over a lavender floral shirt and pants, her hair pulled back into a neat bun. The flapping red fringe of the horse equipment and the wind blowing the horse's mane and tail adds a sense of motion to the image. A terrific image of one of the few well-known female Japanese warriors and a wonderful choice for a samurai enthusiast. A bold and beautiful Yoshitoshi design.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4"
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Margins trimmed as shown. Slight toning, horizontal crease near top and bottom edges, a few small spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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