Comments - Terrific triptych illustrating a famous episode from the life of Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Facing an attack by warrior monks, Yoshitsune's brave retainer Sato Tadanobu disguised himself in his master's armor to allow him to escape. Here, the great samurai hides behind a snowy tree trunk outside the shrine on Mt. Yoshino, waiting for his enemy with his spear in hand. The priest Yokawa Kakuhan approaches at right, gripping a naginata with both hands as he creeps forward, a monk's mantle wrapped about his head. His black robe features a subtle burnished geometric pattern. Snow falls heavily over the scene, with Yoshitsune's men gathered at the foot of the hill at left as a cuckoo swoops by overhead. Beautifully composed with a striking natural setting. A great samurai subject.
Artist - Toyonobu (1859 - 1886)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 7/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. A few small holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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