Comments - Dramatic scene from the Battle of Kurikara in 1183 during the Genpei War illustrating a famous incident when Minamoto no Yoshinaka and his men tied flaming torches to the horns of oxen and stampeded them into a division of Taira caught between mountain passes. Many Taira warriors were trampled or knocked onto the rocky cliffs below, while others became lost attempting to retreat, meeting their deaths at the hands of the waiting Minamoto samurai. At bottom center, a woman warrior has tackled an enemy, ready to stab him with her sword as he tries to push her hand away. Behind them, the panicked animals charge into the pass, knocking down men and sending horses running. Other samurai tumble down the side of the cliff behind them. A fantastic image from this legendary confrontation, with rugged landscape setting.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 3/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight toning, slight soiling and rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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