Comments - Terrific scene from the great Battle of Yamazaki in 1582 in which Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeated Mitsuhide, who had seized power by forcing the great leader Nobunaga to commit suicide. Here the battle rages as two enemies rush toward a samurai at left with weapons drawn. He raises his blade above his head with both hands to defend himself while stepping on the back of a fallen warrior. At right, a horseman spears an opponent through the back as he gallops along, the ground below littered with wounded and dying men, abandoned weapons, and even a drum. Banners and standards flutter above the melee, with smoke rising against the night sky. A great Yoshitoshi depiction of this historic battle, nicely detailed. A fine subject for a collector interested in the samurai tradition.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14" x 28 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical centerfold in center panel. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. Small loss at corner, small loss at edge, a few holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.