Comments - Fantastic illustration of the defeat of the Mongol attempt to invade Japan in the thirteenth century. Two major military invasions by the Mongols were defeated in part through huge ocean storms, which caused the attackers to lose troops and supplies. In this scene, the Japanese are assisted through divine intervention, with deities appearing in the stormy sky, attacking the enemy's ship with swords and spears. Dragons and ghostly troops appear behind the deities as the Mongol ship capsizes, sending men tumbling overboard as the ship is engulfed by gigantic white-capped waves. Samurai watch from the shore at lower right, banners and standards whipping in the wind. An incredible triptych full of energy and action, with incredible detail and beautiful shading in the clouds, with a hand-applied spattering of white pigment to indicate sea spray. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. A rare and unusual print and a terrific subject for a collector interested in Japanese history.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 29 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Light horizontal centerfold. Large loss at corner, a few holes, repaired. Toning, slight soiling and creasing. Please see photos for details.
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