Mirror of Famous Generals of Japan - Yoshitoshi designed this fantastic series of fifty-one prints of military heroes from 1876 to 1882. These dramatic images of famous warriors created a sensation with the Japanese public. Full of violence and intense emotions, Yoshitoshi's bold and innovative compositions tackled a historic subject using a modern style. His realism and drafting skill captured the important legacy of these national heroes at a time when Japan was struggling with the aftermath of the Satsuma Rebellion. Classic Yoshitoshi images, these dynamic prints are a great choice for collectors.
Udaisho Minamoto no Yoritomo Releasing Cranes, 1876 - Incredible scene of Minamoto no Yoritomo releasing one thousand cranes on the shore at Yuigahama, as part of a Buddhist ceremony for a festival of Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine. The cranes fly overhead, a symbol of longevity and good luck, as Yoritomo's retainers gather around, one lifting a basket to free a large bird. Yoritomo sits on a folding stool dressed in court robes, watching as the cranes depart, white-capped waves crashing behind him. A great depiction of this legendary event, beautifully detailed.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14" x 9 3/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Partially backed with paper. Small loss at corner, a couple thinning areas, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and stains. Please see photos for details.