The Nawa Clan Helping Emperor Go-daigo Return from Exile, 1879 - Terrific depiction of a samurai Nawa Nagashige helping the deposed Emperor Go-Daigo return from his exile on Oki Island. Under cover of darkness, men have rowed a boat as close to shore as possible to deliver the emperor back to the mainland in an attempt to regain his power. His faithful retainer, Nawa Nagashige, carries the ruler ashore on his back, wading through the shallow waves lapping at the rocky beach. A fantastic historic subject, with an atmospheric night setting. Beautifully detailed with faint embossing in the emperor's white robe, and fine bokashi shading in the sky. Signed "Kiyochika in the style of Yoshitoshi."
Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 27 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Small loss at edge, a few holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases, slight rubbing and paper remnants in left margins. Please see photos for details. Good overall.