Uesugi Kenshin and the Blind Biwa Player, 1887

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Uesugi Kenshin and the Blind Biwa Player, 1887 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Uesugi Kenshin and the Blind Biwa Player, 1887

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Uesugi Kenshin and the Blind Biwa Player, 1887 - Interesting depiction of the blind musician Ishizaka Kengyo performing for the great warrior and monk Uesugi Kenshin and his men. Kengyo plays a Japanese lute called a biwa as he sings about the nue, a mythological creature that tormented the emperor. The elderly man sits barefoot on the floor, cradling the instrument in his lap, tilting his head as he plays. Kenshin sits on a cushion at right, bowing his head as he listens. Samurai in armor are seated around the room, watching intently. Beautiful screens in the background depict egrets wading in a pool and a rushing waterfall. Fantastic detail in the armor and expressive facial features. A terrific Yoshitoshi design, embellished with embossing on Kengyo's white robe, burnishing on the armor, and a faint burnished pattern on the brown areas of Kenshin's kimono.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 14" x 28" + margin as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Vertical fold at side of one panel.

Uesugi Kenshin and the Blind Biwa Player, 1887 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Uesugi Kenshin and the Blind Biwa Player, 1887 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Uesugi Kenshin and the Blind Biwa Player, 1887 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Uesugi Kenshin and the Blind Biwa Player, 1887 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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