The Death of Officer Murata, 1877

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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The Death of Officer Murata, 1877 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Death of Officer Murata, 1877

Series; Oral Accounts of the Events of KagoshimaA Fuji Arts Special Offer Auction

The Death of Officer Murata, 1877 - Dramatic depiction of the death of Officer Murata at Kagoshima during the Satsuma Rebellion. Leader Saigo Takamori's second-in-command, the brave warrior stands in ground in the center under fire by Japanese troops, gripping a spear with one foot resting atop his fallen horse. His armor is dripping with blood from many wounds, but he stares ahead defiantly, the wild blowing his hair and beard. Other wounded and dying men litter the ground at left as rebels rush forward at left, General Saigo riding a white horse and wearing a plumed hat. A Japanese officer raises his sword high at left under a billowing Japanese flag amidst clouds of smoke. A fantastic image from this historic conflict, with fine realistic figures and soft shading in the sky and clouds. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has this image in its collection.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Losses at edges, slight separation along horizontal centerfold, repaired with backing. Slight creasing, soiling, and rubbing, pages slightly curled. Pigment added to subject. Please see photos for details.

The Death of Officer Murata, 1877 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
The Death of Officer Murata, 1877 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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