Swordplay in Mud
Date: 1867
Akashi Gidayu is pursued through mud as he runs to Kyoto at the Battle of Amagasaki. This is the “Tsuchi” (earth) element of this series of the 5 elements. As he runs, he fends off the pursuers at his heels as he sprints barefoot through the mud. A samurai bearing a naginata races over an earthen bridge towards the action in the foreground. Although the faces of the men here are in the style of Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi already has a very sophisticated mastery of design and pictorial storytelling.
Size: Triptych
Condition: Excellent impression and color; very good condition. Folds at 1 cm edge of each sheet.
Inventory Number: YOT685
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