Comments - Terrific scene of the warrior Kajiwara Kagetoki at the Battle of Ishibashiyama. Kagetoki had initially served the Taira during the Genpei War, but according to legend, after Minamoto no Yoritomo lost to the Taira at Ishibashiyama, he discovered him hiding in a hollow tree and diverted attention so that he was not found. Here, Kagetoki stands atop the hollow tree at left, his bow in hand. Yoritomo and his men are concealed within the trunk, their heads visible in the hollow. At right, the commander of the Taira, Oba Kagechika sits atop a black horse, gesturing towards Kagetoki. Fighting continues on the shore behind them, with a Minamoto warrior on a dappled horse charging the enemy with his sword held high. A pine tree frames a view of the sea with a few birds fluttering across the sky, and a waterfall rushes over the rocky cliff at left. A handsome illustration of this legendary incident.
Artist - Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal and vertical folds. Small losses and thinning at edges, stitching holes at one side of each panel, repaired. Creasing, slight toning and soiling, rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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