Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki - Few other Japanese woodblock printmakers ever matched Kuniyoshi's detail and artistry in the genre of warrior prints. Published between 1847 - 1850, Kuniyoshi's fantastic series, "Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki (Grand Pacification)," presents fifty full-length portraits of famous warriors involved in the closing period of the civil wars in 16th century Japan, just before unification of the country. These dramatic images show these leaders engaged in battle or posing heroically in all their military glory. Kuniyoshi captures the unique aspects of each warrior, with texts above detailing their heroic careers. To evade the prohibitions enacted in 1804 against depicting historic figures who lived after 1573, each warrior has a pseudonym that would have been easily recognized by the viewers of the time. The actual name of the individual is provided in parentheses. These prints are a great opportunity to collect a part of Japanese history, dynamically documented by the leading master of warrior prints.
Takuma Genbanojo Morimasu (Sakuma Genba Morimasa) - Great design of Sakuma Morimasa locked in combat with an enemy. He raises his sword over his head with both heads as his opponent tries to wrestle the weapon away from him. The pieces of two broken pole arms litter the ground, one hook even caught in the white sash around Morimasa's waist. Morimasa was one of Shibata Katsuie's top generals. A lively image with fine detail in the armor.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14" x 10"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Stitching holes at side, large tear and small loss at edges, repaired. Rubbing at edges, a few creases at side. Please see photos for details.
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