Comments - Fantastic kabuki scene depicting the Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima in 1561 between the forces of Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin. In the center, Kenshin gallops into the enemy camp on a dappled horse, swinging his sword at his enemy in a surprise attack. Seated on a black lacquer stool at lower left, Shingen deftly thrusts out his iron battle fan to deflect the coming blow. Shingen wears a magnificent battle helmet topped with a horned demon and flowing white wig. His opponent wears an equally striking helmet surmounted with a black demon with one curved horn. At right, Shingen's retainer, Yamamoto Kansuke, leans against his spear. An incredible composition with large bold figures, rich vibrant color, and fine detail, including delicate embossing in the white wig and touches of burnishing in the armor. The metallic pigment in the wig has oxidized to a darker tone. The actors are Nakamura Shikan IV as Takeda Shingen, Bando Hikosaburo V as Uesugi Kenshin, and Onoe Kikugoro V as Yamamoto Kansuke. A great illustration from this legendary incident from the famous 16th century war between Kai and Echigo provinces.
Image Size - 14" x 27 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Backed with paper. Slight creasing and soiling. A couple wormholes, repaired. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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