The Night Attack of the Soga Brothers Attack, circa 1842 - 1843 - Fantastic complete six-panel woodblock depicting the famous night attack of the Soga Brothers at the Shogun Yoritomo's hunting camp at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The young brothers have waited years to avenge the death of their father at the hands of the nobleman Suketsune, who has accompanied Yoritomo on his hunt. At left, Sogo Juro battles with Yoritomo's retainer Nitta Shiro Tadatsune, gripping a sword above his head with both hands, his kimono tucked up at the waist and sleeves tied back. He focuses intently on his opponent, his face contorted in a grimace, who keeps him at bay by thrusting a naginata at him. At right Sogo Goro sets foot onto the verandah of the encampment, brandishing his sword overhead and biting his lip, his wet hair streaming down over his face as he makes his way toward the enemy. Surprised samurai tumble over themselves while others rush forward to protect the Shogun, who sits on a folding stool at upper right. The driving rain is relentless, pouring down in straight lines in the stormy gray night, with wounded and dead samurai littering the ground. An incredible depiction of the moments before these brave warriors will finally avenge their father's death. A great scene from this legendary tale of honor and heroism, with a wonderful atmospheric setting. A real Kuniyoshi masterpiece, rarely ever found complete.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 54 1/2"
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Six separate panels. Large losses, holes, repaired. Wrinkling throughout, toning, soiling, rubbing. Please see photos for details.
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