Ushiwaka and Benkei Dueling on Gojo Bridge: An Episode from the Chronicles of Yoshitsune, 1881

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Ushiwaka and Benkei Dueling on Gojo Bridge: An Episode from the Chronicles of Yoshitsune, 1881 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ushiwaka and Benkei Dueling on Gojo Bridge: An Episode from the Chronicles of Yoshitsune, 1881

Comments - Terrific Yoshitoshi illustration of the famous battle on Gojo Bridge between the warrior monk, Benkei, and the young Ushiwakamaru, the childhood name of the noted swordsman Yoshitsune. Benkei had stationed himself on Gojo Bridge to collect the swords of any samurai who attempted to cross. When he collected 1,000 swords, he was going to have them melted down and made into one giant sword for himself. Ushiwakamaru instead battled the experienced warrior, and bested him, so Benkei swore to serve him as his retainer. Here, the agile young warrior leaps into the air above the bridge railing at right, reaching for his sword as he easily dodge's Benkei's blows. Benkei grips a pole arm with both hands as he lunges forward, stepping on the white cloak that Ushiwakamaru has just slipped out of. An enormous full moon glows softly above the dark mountains, the curve of the bridge leading off into the distance. A fantastic interpretation of this classic tale, with the large figures creating a dramatic composition. Beautiful soft bokashi shading on the night sky and burnishing on the armor. A great subject for a samurai enthusiast or Yoshitoshi collector.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 3/4"

Condition - Nice color and detail.

Ushiwaka and Benkei Dueling on Gojo Bridge: An Episode from the Chronicles of Yoshitsune, 1881 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Ushiwaka and Benkei Dueling on Gojo Bridge: An Episode from the Chronicles of Yoshitsune, 1881 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Ushiwaka and Benkei Dueling on Gojo Bridge: An Episode from the Chronicles of Yoshitsune, 1881 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Ushiwaka and Benkei Dueling on Gojo Bridge: An Episode from the Chronicles of Yoshitsune, 1881 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)