Looks like a scene from the famous Gojo Bridge battle depicting Yoshitsune in his clogs and umbrella. Numerous weapons carried by Yoshitune which was typical of the series. Matt measures 23 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches. Woodblock under matt measures 14 x 19 inches. Condition is good with some loss of vibrant colors, some worm damage lower middle and small tear. Yoshitsunes is a tragic and very famous story in Japan. His father was persecuted by the rival Taira Clan and Yoshitsune was brought up in a monastery. Legend has it that Yoshitsune was taught the secrets of fighting by. (mythical forest creatures) before taking up rebellion against his fathers old enemies. The scene depicted is the meeting between Yoshitsune and the folk hero Oniwakamura (Benkei). Benkei, known as a phenomenally strong man and warrior, has secured Gojo bridge with the intention of relieving 1000 samurai of their swords. Yoshitsune is his 1000th victim. Yoshitsune, though slight, defeats the giant man using. Benkei becomes his loyal protector and between them they lead an armed rebellion against the Taira, establishing Yoshitsunes brother as the first national Shogun – a position that would last 650 years until the19th century. Yoshitsune was betrayed by his brother and later killed himself and his family at the siege of Koromogawa no tate. Kunisada Utagawa (born 1786 died 12 January 1865) was a very prolific, successful and at his time highly appreciated leading designer of ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints). In 1807 Kunisada Utagawa produced his first illustrated book. And in 1808 his first actor prints were published. The item “Edo Period Japanese Woodblock Print by Utagawa Kunisada Diptych Battle Scene” is in sale since Wednesday, July 31, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Prints”. The seller is “apogee-perigee” and is located in Seattle, Washington. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Region of Origin: Japan
- Age: 1800-1849
- Primary Material: Paper
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Type: Paintings
- Featured Refinements: Japanese Woodblock Print