by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Comments - Dramatic kabuki scene from a play about the Battle of Ichi-no-tani of the Minamoto warrior Kumagai Jiro Naozane presenting the severed head of the young Taira samurai Atsumori. During the battle, Kumagai captured Atsumori, but while preparing to behead him, he realized that he was a young Taira prince, the same age as his own son. With his troops rapidly approaching, Kumagai tearfully cut off the boy's head, promising to say prayers for him. Here, the general leans forward with an anguished grimace as he cradles the head on a cloth between his hands. Waves roll onto the shore behind him, and a rugged rock at right frames a view of the warships on the ocean beyond. The tragic story of Atsumori's death in his first battle became the subject of many Noh and kabuki plays. A great expressive figure, nicely detailed.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 9 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A few small wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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