Atsumori's First Campaign at the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani, 1830s

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Atsumori's First Campaign at the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani, 1830s by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Atsumori's First Campaign at the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani, 1830s

Comments - Handsome triptych depicting the Mukan no Tayu Atsumori, the young Taira prince who was tragically killed at age sixteen at Ichi-no-Tani during his first battle. His early death was recounted in the famous "Tale of the Heike," and retold in many kabuki and puppet plays. Here, he appears on a dappled horse, with his mother, Fuji-no-Kata, the wife of Taira no Tsunemori, at left, and his consort, Tamaori-hime, at right. The young beauty uses the end of her naginata to strike an enemy who tumbles face forward onto the ground, her sleeves tied back with a yellow sash. At left, Fuji-no-Kata stands with a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other, looking calmly down at a man sprawling on the floor before her, an arrow sticking out of his chest. The Taira butterfly crest appears on drapery framing the scene above. A nicely detailed image of this young hero and his family.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14" x 28 7/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.

Atsumori's First Campaign at the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani, 1830s by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Atsumori's First Campaign at the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani, 1830s by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)