The Great Battle of Minatogawa, 1866

by Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)

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The Great Battle of Minatogawa, 1866 by Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)

Original Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Great Battle of Minatogawa, 1866

Comments - Terrific scene of Kusunoki Masashige and Nitta Yoshisada and their troops fighting the Ashikaga at the Battle of Minatogawa (the Minato River). A 14th century samurai who fought for the exiled Emperor Go-Daigo, Kusunoki led his men into the field at the emperor's order, knowing that his side faced superior forces and almost certain death. Badly defeated, Kusunoki and his remaining men committed suicide rather than face capture. Here, Masashige is shown at far right, galloping ahead on a black horse with his naginata in hand. His battle helmet is topped with a figurine. Yoshisada is shown on a dappled white horse in the center, unseating an enemy rider on horseback with his pole arm. Fighting continues all around, the ground littered with fallen samurai, arrows, and abandoned weapons. On the shore at top center, a samurai grabs a spear thrust at him while knocking down other attackers with his sword. A lively illustration of this famous confrontation, nicely detailed.

Artist - Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 30 1/8"

Condition - Nice detail. Backed with paper. Wormholes, repaired.

The Great Battle of Minatogawa, 1866 by Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)
The Great Battle of Minatogawa, 1866 by Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)
The Great Battle of Minatogawa, 1866 by Yoshikazu (active circa 1850 - 1870)

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