Comments - Fantastic illustration of the Battle of Okehazama in 1560 between the forces of Oda Nobunaga and Imagawa Yoshimoto. Despite being seriously outnumbered, Nobunaga's surprise attack on Imagawa's encampment proved victorious. The Imagawa samurai were celebrating their recent victories with sake, singing, and dancing when a sudden rainstorm occurred. Nobunaga's men poured into the camp, and their enemies fled, leaving Yoshimoto's tent undefended. When he emerged, he found himself alone against Nobunaga's troops, and was swiftly beheaded. Here, Imagawa Yoshimoto makes his last stand with his feet firmly spread as he faces a spear thrust at him, drawing his sword back to strike. Another enemy has grasped him around the waist from behind, but the warlord fights on bravely. He wears a fine suit of armor and a horned battle helmet topped with a dragon. Streaks of orange lightning flash across the dark sky as gusts of wind and rain sweep across the scene, the tent walls billowing in the wind. A wooden chest, fur pelt, and bow and arrows can be seen at left. A dramatic image of this fateful moment, with a terrific composition and a great atmospheric setting. Beautifully detailed with touches of burnishing on the armor and fine line work. A fine choice for a samurai enthusiast.
Artist - Toshihide (1863 - 1925)
Image Size - 13 7/8” x 27 5/8” + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Some soiling. Some creasing at edges. Please see photos for details.