Descending Geese at Yahagi Bridge, 1868 - Fantastic scene from the life of the great Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who is regarded as Japan's second great unifier. As a child, the young Hideyoshi, then known as Hiyoshimaru, ran away from an apprenticeship, living as a beggar and sleeping wherever he could find shelter. One night while sleeping on the Yahagibashi or Yahagi Bridge, he was awakened by Hachisuka Koroku and his gang of robbers, who tripped over him in the dark. At right, Koroku pauses with an angry expression, looking back out of the corner of his eye, a spear in hand. His other men walk ahead of him carrying flaming torches. The full moon is shrouded in eerie dark clouds as a line of geese descends for the evening's rest. A great design with expressive figures and fine detail in the armor and weapons.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 19 /18" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels. Small tear at edge, a few wormholes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, marks. Please see photos for details.
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