The Genpei War: The Great Battle at Uji Bridge

by Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

Current Status

The Genpei War: The Great Battle at Uji Bridge by Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

Original Toyonobu (1859 - 1886) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Genpei War: The Great Battle at Uji Bridge

Comments - Fantastic triptych illustrating the Great Battle at Uji Bridge during the 12th century Genpei War between the Taira and Minamoto forces. After the Taira pursued Prince Mochihito to Mii-dera temple outside Kyoto, the Minamoto army led him south across the Uji River. To prevent the Taira from following them, they tore up the planks of the bridge just outside the Byodoin temple. The Taira forded the river, and Minamoto no Yorimasa and his men, along with monks from the temple, fought bravely but were defeated, with Yorimasa committing suicide, the first recorded instance of seppuku or ritual suicide. The elderly Yorimasa directs operations from a folding stool at right, waving his battle fan at the samurai on horseback beside him. In the background, warriors battle atop the understructure of the bridge, wielding naginata and swords. A bold image with terrific detail and lively color.

Artist - Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few small holes, a couple tiny losses at edges, repaired. Creasing and wrinkling, slight soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.

The Genpei War: The Great Battle at Uji Bridge by Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)
The Genpei War: The Great Battle at Uji Bridge by Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)

Auction Rules and guidelines

This Auction Falls Under Our Standard Auction Rules and Guidelines

If you are a new bidder, please read the Rules and Guidelines page before bidding.