Utagawa Yoshitora, "Nobunaga Attacks Yoshikage's Castle"
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In this rare and extraordinary design by Yoshitora, the warlord Oda Nobunaga from the Sengoku period in the second-half of 16th century Japan launches an attack on Asakura Yoshikage and the clan's stronghold at Kanagasaki Castle. His siege would ultimately prove unsuccessful, but Nobunaga's later successes made him one of the great unifiers of Japan. Shown in the woodblock print is the early use of flint lock guns in battle. The crimson rays depicting the trajectory of the projectiles brings this chaotic image alive. Nobunaga is shown on the right panel overseeing the siege on horseback.
Date: c. 1870
Size: Oban Triptych
Condition: Minor repair right panel, otherwise very good color and condition
Custom matting available for triptych prints. Sizes will be determined for best presentation in consultation with customer - overall size range will be 20" - 22" (height) X 38" - 40" (width). Note that additional shipping charges apply (sorry, no international shipping available for matted triptychs).
Utagawa Yoshitora (1836-1880) was a pupil of Utagawa Kuniyoshi whose later works focused on documenting the modernization of the Meiji-period and of his woodblock prints of foreigners (or Yokohama-e).