by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
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Asahina's Might, 1883 - Terrific depiction of the famous armor pulling scene (kusazuribiki) from the tale of the Soga Brothers. Believing that his older brother Juro is in danger, the hot-tempered Goro attempts to rush off to assist him. His friend, the strong man Asahina, tries to stop him by grabbing his armor, and a tugging match ensues. Here, Goro glares angrily at Asahina as his fellow samurai takes hold of his armor, a determined expression on his face. The scene takes place at a banquet, with a daimyo at right holding a large cup of sake, and noblemen seated around the room. Wonderful detail in the expressive figures. A handsome design.
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal and vertical centerfolds. A few small holes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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