Comments - Dramatic illustration of Soga Brothers' night attack on Yoritomo's hunting camp at the foot of Mt. Fuji as they seek to avenge their father's death by killing his murderer, Suketsune. The camp is in upheaval as wounded and dying men litter the ground. In the center, Sogo Goro stands with one foot atop a pile of fallen enemies, brandishing his sword with an angry grimace as one of Suketsune's retainers, Goromaru, grabs him from behind. At upper right, Yoritomo sits on a stool inside the hunting lodge, surrounded by seated samurai. At upper left, a retainer holds a flaming torch aloft in the driving rain, gripping his weapon as he peers into the dark night. Cloth panels emblazoned with the paulownia crest of the shogun hang from the pine trees framing the scene. A great image from this heroic tale, beautifully detailed.
Artist - Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 29 1/4" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels. Remnants of paper hinge mounts on reverse at top edge. A few holes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.