Duel between Mori Ranmaru and Akechi Mitsuhide, 1894

by Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)

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Duel between Mori Ranmaru and Akechi Mitsuhide, 1894 by Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)

Original Nobukazu (1874 - 1944) Japanese Woodblock Print
Duel between Mori Ranmaru and Akechi Mitsuhide, 1894

Comments - Fantastic scene of Oda Nobunaga's last battle at Honno-ji Temple. His loyal retainer Mori Ranmaru balances on the railing of the verandah, attacking the treacherous Akechi Mitsuhide with his spear. One of Nobunaga's generals, Mitsuhide attacked his master while he was resting at Honno-ji in an effort to overthrow him. Nobunaga's men fight valiantly as the general can be seen in silhouette through the shoji window at left, committing suicide. Ranmaru lit the temple on fire to prevent anyone from retrieving Nobunaga's body, red and orange flame flickering dramatically in the background. An incredible composition with beautiful detail, expressive faces touches of burnishing on the armor, and fine bokashi shading. A terrific depiction of this famous duel.

Artist - Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Duel between Mori Ranmaru and Akechi Mitsuhide, 1894 by Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)
Duel between Mori Ranmaru and Akechi Mitsuhide, 1894 by Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)