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 forward he fends off the pursuers at his heels, so his form is very dynamic as he sprints barefoot through the mud. Akashi Gidayu feels vulnerable to the viewer as he wears no armor or even footwear. 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 from left of each sheet.
Inventory Number: YOT685
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