The Battle of Okehazama

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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The Battle of Okehazama by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Battle of Okehazama

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. Under cover of the storm, 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 in the center, raising his sword high above his head as he grabs a spear thrust at him by an attacker. Another enemy grabs him around the waist from behind. At right, a warrior with a horned helmet tramples across a cloth panel tied to a pine tree as he races towards Yoshimoto. At upper left, a jagged bolt of lightning zigzags across the night sky. A terrific action scene with expressive figures and fine detail in the armor and weapons. The first time we've offered this rare Chikanobu triptych. Includes delicate embossing on the cloth panel.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 1/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. A few small marks, slight soiling, vertical fold between panels. Please see photos for details.

The Battle of Okehazama by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
The Battle of Okehazama by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)