The Surrender of Abe no Muneto and His Retainers, from the Former Taiheiki, 1864

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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The Surrender of Abe no Muneto and His Retainers, from the Former Taiheiki, 1864 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Surrender of Abe no Muneto and His Retainers, from the Former Taiheiki, 1864

Comments - Terrific scene from "The Taiheiki" of the famous samurai Minamoto no Yoshiie accepting the surrender of his enemy Abe no Muneto after years of battling the Abe Clan. This fantastic triptych shows Yoshiie seated on a folding stool in a large encampment, surrounded by his retainers, who are armed with spears and ready for battle. He wears an imposing battle helmet topped with a dragon and flames, and his robe is covered with the paulownia mon or crest of the Minamoto family. At far left, Abe no Muneto kneels under the watchful eye of several fierce warriors. An enormous wooden drum hangs from a stand made of tree trunks in the center. Colorful battle flags and personal standards form a lively backdrop for the scene. Minamoto no Yoshiie was one of the most highly respected warriors of his time and has come to embody the spirit of the samurai. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has this image in its collection. An incredible early image from Yoshitoshi's career, with fine detail and beautiful color. A great subject for a samurai enthusiast.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 29" + top margin as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small remnants of paper hinge mounts on reverse at top corners and bottom center. A couple thinning spots at edges, repaired. Slight toning, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

The Surrender of Abe no Muneto and His Retainers, from the Former Taiheiki, 1864 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
The Surrender of Abe no Muneto and His Retainers, from the Former Taiheiki, 1864 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)