Kusunoki Masashige Greeting the Imperial Carriage, 1895

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Kusunoki Masashige Greeting the Imperial Carriage, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Kusunoki Masashige Greeting the Imperial Carriage, 1895

Comments - Intriguing depiction of the legendary samurai Kusunoki Masashige greeting the arrival of the emperor in the Imperial Carriage. Kusunoki was a brilliant strategist and general who fought to restore the exiled Emperor Go-Daigo to the throne. At the Battle of Minatogawa, 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. Here, he leans forward, his bow on the floor beside him, wearing full armor and a tall black court cap, a quiver of arrows at his back. A retainer crouches behind him, holding a standard and Kusunoki's helmet. In the distance at right, the emperor's procession arrives, his carriage topped with a phoenix and surrounded by samurai. A decorative blue border frames the scene. Detailed with burnishing on the armor and court cap.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Diagonal folds. A few small repairs and creases.

Kusunoki Masashige Greeting the Imperial Carriage, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Kusunoki Masashige Greeting the Imperial Carriage, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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