C1847
 ( )

The Great Battle of Shijô-Nawate on the Fifth Day of the First Month, 1350 (Shôhei gonen shôgatsu itsuka Shijô-Nawate ôgassen no zu)

Wonderful early wood block triptych by Utagawa Yoshitora (c.1836-c.1880) of the great battle of Shijô-Nawate on the fifth day of the first month, 1350 (Shôhei gonen shôgatsu itsuka Shijô-Nawate ôgassen no zu) The 1348 Battle of Shijōnawate was a battle … Read Full Description

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The Great Battle of Shijô-Nawate on the Fifth Day of the First Month, 1350 (Shôhei gonen shôgatsu itsuka Shijô-Nawate ôgassen no zu)

Date:

C1847
 ( )

Condition:

In good condition, three sheets joined.

Technique:

Woodblock

Paper Size: 

733mm 
x 360mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Great Battle of Shijô-Nawate on the Fifth Day of the First Month, 1350 (Shôhei gonen shôgatsu itsuka Shijô-Nawate ôgassen no zu) - Antique Print from 1847

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Description:

Wonderful early wood block triptych by Utagawa Yoshitora (c.1836-c.1880) of the great battle of Shijô-Nawate on the fifth day of the first month, 1350 (Shôhei gonen shôgatsu itsuka Shijô-Nawate ôgassen no zu)
The 1348 Battle of Shijōnawate was a battle of the Nanboku-chō period (1336-1392) which took place in Yoshino, Nara. It was fought between the armies of the Northern and Southern Emperors of Japan. The Southern army, led by Kusunoki Masatsura was attacked at Yoshino, the temporary palace of the Imperial residence. Feeling too weak to defend the residence, Masatsura marched out with his whole force to meet his assailants. Kitabatake Chikafusa, meanwhile, led his force towards Izumi, diverting some of the attackers away from the palace. Kusunoki engaged the enemy commander Kō no Moroyasu in single combat, and, it is said, was about to take Kō’s head when he was struck by an arrow; Kusunoki then committed seppuku. The battle ended in a Northern Court victory, but the Southern Court fled Yoshino, leaving little for their enemies to capture.
Signed in each panel, “Ichimōsai Yoshitora ga”.

Publisher:  Yamaguchiya Tôbei (Kinkôdô)

1847–52 (Kôka 4–Kaei 5)

References:
Marks, A. Publishers of Woodblock Prints: A Compendium. Leden 2011: p.478, #6.

Collections:
Museum of Fine Arts Boston: ACCESSION NUMBER 11.41376a-c

Utagawa Yoshitora (1836 - 1880)

Utagawa Yoshitora (c.1836-1880) Yoshitora was a designer of ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints and an illustrator of books and newspapers who was active from about 1850 to 1882. He was born in Edo (Tokyo), but neither his date of birth nor date of death is known. He was the oldest pupil of Utagawa Kuniyoshi who excelled in prints of warriors, kabuki actors, beautiful women, and foreigners (Yokohama). He was a prolific artist and made over 60 series. In 1849 he produced an irreverent print called Dōke musha: Miyo no wakamochi ("Funny Warriors—Our Ruler's New Year's Rice Cakes"), which depicts Oda Nobunaga, Akechi Mitsuhide, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi making mochi rice cakes for the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. A poem by Sawaya Kōkichi accompanies it, reading "Kimi ga yo wo tsuki katametari haru no mochi" ("Tamping down the reign firm and solid like spring rice cakes"). Censors interpreted the print as a criticism of authority and had Yoshitora manacles for fifty days. Soon after Yoshitora was expelled from Kuniyoshi's studio, possibly due to the print, but he continued to produce illustrations prolifically. From the 1860s Yoshitora produced Yokohama pictures of foreigners amid rapid modernisation that came to Japan after the country was opened to trade. He collaborated on a number of landscape series, and in the Meiji period that began in 1868 he also worked in newspapers. The last of his known works appeared in 1882.

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