Yoshitoshi 芳年: Ôkubo Hikozaemon Protects the Hidden Shogun
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Ôkubo Hikozaemon Protects the Hidden Shogun
“War Chronicles of Osaka” (Osaka gunki no uchi). Okubo Hikozaemon protects the hidden Tokugawa shogun from the spear of Gorô Matabei Mototsugu in a moonlit forest. Gorô Matabei carries a baby on his back. A man lies bleeding profusely on the ground behind him. Overhead a crescent moon shines. Matabei’s face as been portrayed in a challenging angle, and we catch the baby’s innocence from the glimpse of his face. There is blindprinting in the white and urushi-e (lacquer-imitating) effects on the armor.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Minor trimming. Unbacked. With mica highlights in the tops of the trees.
Dimensions: ôban triptych 35.8 x 72 cm
Signature: Ôju Taiso Yoshitoshi