Masatsura Killed in Action at Shijonawate, 1901

by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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Masatsura Killed in Action at Shijonawate, 1901 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Original Gekko (1859 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Masatsura Killed in Action at Shijonawate, 1901

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Masatsura Killed in Action at Shijonawate, 1901 - Dramatic depiction of the Battle of Shijonawate in 1348 between forces of the Southern and Northern courts during the Nanbokucho Wars. Northern forces led by Ko no Moroyasu attacked the temporary Imperial Palace of the Southern Court at Yoshino, which was defended by Kusunoki Masatsura. Feeling too weak to defend the palace, Masatsura led his troops out to meet the attackers. Here, Masatsura's younger brother and second in command, Masatoki, kneels on the ground clutching a cluster of arrows protruding from his leg. The fighting continues behind him with figures in dark silhouette against the gray mountains. Both Masatsura and Masatoki were killed during the battle. An incredible image embodying the valiant spirit of the samurai. Wonderful detail in the armor and weapons, including burnishing on the armor.

Artist - Gekko (1859 - 1920)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A couple small holes, repaired. Slight creasing. Please see photos for details.

Masatsura Killed in Action at Shijonawate, 1901 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)
Masatsura Killed in Action at Shijonawate, 1901 by Gekko (1859 - 1920)

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