by Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)
Comments - Fantastic triptych of samurai attacking Horikawa Castle, where Minamoto no Yoshitsune found refuge from his brother Yoritomo, who eventually killed him in his quest to become absolute ruler of Japan. Here Yoshitsune and his loyal retainers fight off their attackers from a verandah. Armed with spears they stab at the attacker below, a hail of arrows lodged in the wooden structure all around them. At upper right, Yoshitsune himself grips his bow as he pushes up the drapery hanging overhead. On the walkway at right, the faithful warrior monk Benkei holds off the enemy using an enormous wooden mallet. A dramatic image with a dynamic composition and excellent detail in the armor and weapons and expressive faces. A terrific subject from the life of the notable Yoshitsune. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection.
Artist - Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)
Image Size - 14" x 27 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Paper remnants on reverse at corners from previous mounting. Slight thinning at corners, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.