Noto Province: Noto no Kami Noritsune

by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Noto Province: Noto no Kami Noritsune by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Noto Province: Noto no Kami Noritsune

Series; The Sixty-odd Provinces of Great Japan, circa 1845

The Sixty-odd Provinces of Great Japan - Around 1845, Kuniyoshi and Toyokuni III collaborated on a series depicting historic men and women or popular kabuki characters for each of the sixty-odd provinces of Japan. These great designs feature large, expressive figures by Kuniyoshi and Toyokuni III, with an inset of a related scene done by various students. Beautifully printed with attractive color and fine bokashi shading, these bold, dramatic images are a terrific choice for a collector interested in the history and legends of Japan.

Noto Province: Noto no Kami Noritsune - Great portrait of the Taira warrior Noto no Kami Noritsune, who commanded troops during the Genpei War against the Minamoto clan. According to legend, he committed suicide following the defeat of the Taira at the naval Battle of Dan-no-ura by leaping into the sea with a Minamoto samurai under each arm. Here, he glares angrily as he looks up, wearing a kamishimo patterned with the butterfly crest of the Taira, the voluminous robe adding to his imposing appearance. A young lady behind him serves as his page, holding his sword upright. The inset at upper left depicts the famous "Eight Boat Leap" of Minamoto no Yoshitsune at the Battle of Dan-no-ura, escaping the grasp of Noritsune in the boat below. A terrific design.

Artist - Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 3/4" x 10"

Condition - Nice detail. A few repairs. Slight rubbing at edges.

Noto Province: Noto no Kami Noritsune by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Noto Province: Noto no Kami Noritsune by Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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