Nitta no Yoshisada Throwing His Sword into the Sea, 1847 - 1852

by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

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Nitta no Yoshisada Throwing His Sword into the Sea, 1847 - 1852 by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

Original Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869) Japanese Woodblock Print
Nitta no Yoshisada Throwing His Sword into the Sea, 1847 - 1852

Comments - Terrific triptych showing Nitta no Yoshisada throwing his sword into the sea at Inamura Promontory. A former general of the Hojo army, Yoshisada supported the exiled Emperor Go-Daigo during his captivity. When Go-Daigo escaped, Yoshisada joined him and raised an army to fight the Hojo clan, his former allies. As they marched on the Hojo stronghold in Kamakura, they found themselves trapped on a narrow stretch of sand, between high cliffs and Hojo boats full of archers. Yoshisada prayed to the gods of the sea and cast his sword into the water to show his sincerity. When the sun rose, the tide retreated out far, leaving a pathway along the sand towards Kamakura. A fantastic image of the general standing on the shore with his men gathered around him, the sword hanging in mid-air above the gentle waves. A red glow spreads along the horizon as the sun begins to rise. The full text of the panel at upper left reads, "When Nitta Yoshisada attacked Kamakura to overthrow Hojo Takatoki, since the land route through Gokurakuji Pass was unassailable, he made a vow to the Dragon God and threw a golden sword into the water at Inamuragasaki, on the 21st day of the 5th month, 1." A classic samurai subject, also in the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Artist - Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

Image Size - 14" x 29 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight soiling, a few marks. Please see photos for details.

Nitta no Yoshisada Throwing His Sword into the Sea, 1847 - 1852 by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)
Nitta no Yoshisada Throwing His Sword into the Sea, 1847 - 1852 by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

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