Japanese Woodblock Print Yoshitoshi Kusunoki Masashige
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: Item # 948274
P.O. Box 65647
Tucson, AZ 85728
Oban diptych by Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) depicting Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1336), the epitome of the loyal samurai warrior, bidding farewell to his son Masatsura as he prepares to die in battle fighting for the Emperor. His son holds a scroll on strategy he has given him as a gift. This image is from the series "A New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures." The artist's signature and Taiso seal are at the lower right. The lower left margin contains the date of "Meiji 22" (1889). The series title is at the upper right margin. Published by Tsunashima Kamekichi. This print is from a Meiji period album which was purchased in a hotel gift shop in Japan in the late 19th century. The album remained in Arizona collections where it was rarely viewed and the prints were not exposed to sunlight. The colors remain as vibrant as the day they were printed. The print has been framed in a very fine quality cherry wood frame by Scottsdale’s premier framer, Framer’s Workshop, using UV glass and museum quality archival materials. The print is a fine impression with extensive gauffrage highlights in excellent overall condition. It is not album backed. There is slight bleeding of the red in the margins and very minor soiling at the edges. Each panel measures about 13 3/4"V x 9 3/8"H. The frame size is 22” x 27.” Listed as 55.21 on page 137 of "Beauty and Violence" by Eric can den Ing and Robert Schaap.