Comments - Fantastic depiction of the Battle of Anegawa in 1570 in which Oda Nobunaga's forces, including troops led by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, allied with Tokugawa Ieyasu to attack fortresses belonging to the Azai and Asakura clans. Fighting takes place along the shallow bed of the Ane River, with water lapping at the pebbled shore as warriors clash on horseback. In the center, a samurai on a gray horse twists to jab at an opponent with his pole arm as he rides by. He wears a fantastic battle helmet topped with antlers and a flowing white wig. His enemy grips his sword above his head with both hands, a frenzied expression on his face as he glares at his intended victim. He rides a lively brown horse with blue tasseled fittings and striped reins, a fringed standard fluttering above his back and arrows protruding from his armor. The ground is littered with arrows, spears, and swords, along with a hat and a small drum. Another pair of riders crosses spears at far left. An incredible battle scene full of energy and action, with terrific detail in the expressive faces and weapons. An excellent and early Yoshitoshi musha-e design.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few small wormholes and thinning spots, repaired. Slight soiling, slight rubbing at edges, a few marks. Please see photos for details. Good overall.