Comments - Handsome scene Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his retainers gathered under the cherry trees at Suma to erect a signpost after the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani on March 21, 1184. The warrior monk Benkei sits on the ground at lower left, the signboard in one hand and a brush in the other as he writes the inscription on it. Yoshitsune sits on a stool in the center, looking over his shoulder with a stern expression. The samurai sit quietly on the ground nearby, watching with angry expressions. Pink and white cherry blossoms frame a view of the sea beyond. A great early Yoshitoshi subject with fine detail in the expressive faces and armor, including burnishing in Benkei's armor and black cap.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. A few tears and thinning areas, a few holes and thinning spots, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Vertical centerfold in center panel. Please see photos for details.
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