by Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)
Comments - Handsome illustration from the famous Battle of Ichi-no-Tani between the Minamoto and Taira clans. At left, the Minamoto warrior Kumagai Naozane gallops along the shore, gesturing angrily with his fan as he chases the young Taira samurai Atsumori, whose horse plunges into the water. In the account that appears in "The Tale of the Heike," after Kumagai captured the warrior, he realized that he was a young Taira prince, the same age as his own son. With his troops rapidly approaching, he tearfully beheaded the boy, promising to say prayers for him. The tragic story of Atsumori's death in his first battle became the subject of many Noh and kabuki plays. Here, the youth looks calmly over his shoulder at his enemy, a fleet of warships in the distance and a flock of plover rising up into the sky. A handsome, panoramic design, nicely composed and detailed.
Artist - Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 27 3/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Toning, soiling, a few creases. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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