The Night Attack at Horikawa, 1847 - 1852

by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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The Night Attack at Horikawa, 1847 - 1852 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Night Attack at Horikawa, 1847 - 1852

Comments - Fantastic triptych of samurai attacking Horikawa Castle, where Minamoto no Yoshitsune sought refuge from his brother Yoritomo, who eventually killed him in his quest to become absolute ruler of Japan. Here Yoshitsune and his retainers fight off their attackers at the entrance to the castle, wielding swords and spears inside and outside the gates. Yoritomo's men are fully armored and battle ready, while Yoshitsune's forces have been surprised and leap into action in informal dress. At right a warrior climbs over the wall as another one leaps into the interior courtyard. A unique perspective looking obliquely down into the palace from above. A dramatic image conveying the chaos of the battle, with excellent detail in the armor and weapons. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. A terrific subject from the life of the notable Yoshitsune.

Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 7/8" + top margin as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Light horizontal centerfold. Small losses, a few holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and marks. Please note: due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

The Night Attack at Horikawa, 1847 - 1852 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
The Night Attack at Horikawa, 1847 - 1852 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)