Comments - Fantastic illustration of the Battle of Okehazama in 1560 between the forces of Oda Nobunaga and Imagawa Yoshimoto. Despite being seriously outnumbered, Nobunaga's surprise attack on Imagawa's encampment proved victorious. The Imagawa samurai were celebrating their recent victories with sake, singing, and dancing when a sudden rainstorm occurred. Nobunaga's men poured into the camp, and their enemies fled, leaving Yoshimoto's tent undefended. When he emerged, he found himself alone against Nobunaga's troops, and was swiftly beheaded. Here, Imagawa Yoshimoto makes his last stand with his feet firmly spread as he grabs a spear thrust at him, drawing his sword back to strike. Another warrior lifts the cloth panel of the encampment at left, frowning angrily. Imagawa wears a fine suit of armor and a horned helmet topped with a dragon. At far right, a general on horseback directs the operation with a fringed command baton, with a row of personal standards peeking above the treetops in the distance behind him. A handsome outdoor setting under a pine tree, with jagged bolts of lightning in the sky at upper left. A bold composition with terrific detail. Includes burnishing on the black lacquer folding stool on the ground at left and some of the armor.
Artist - Nobukazu (1874 - 1944)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small tears and a couple small losses at edges, repaired. Toning, creasing, a few small stains. Please see photos for details.
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