Comments - Terrific illustration an attack on a palace from the historic epic "The Taiheiki," which detailed the warring period between the Northern and Southern courts. In the center, the courtyard gate has been smashed to pieces, and a warrior wearing a helmet topped with deer antlers grips a large iron club, standing atop an enemy's back. Even the women of the palace are involved in the fight, with a beauty leaping over the verandah at top center, brandishing a sword. On the verandah behind her, another woman tumbles backwards after being hit by an arrow in the throat. The battle rages all around, with samurai grappling hand-to-hand and flames and smoke rising from fires at left. The figures are carefully identified with name cartouches. A great composition filled with energy and action, wonderfully detailed. A fascinating samurai subject.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 13" x 28 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. A few holes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, rubbing, and creasing. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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