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Large Samurai Warrior on Horse Meiji p. Screen, Beizan

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1910: Item # 1308959

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A large screen depicting a samurai replete with the Jakumei crest of the Takeda Clan rearing his horse in a shout of battle, wand extended at arms length giving the order to charge. The horse appears to be fighting panic, possibly at the deafening sound of the guns of Oda Nobunaga, a sound which brought in the modern era of warfare to Japan in a pitched battle between Oda forces and those of Takeda Shingen. The scene is depicted in a typical Meiji Rekishiga-style, light pigments on silk, wrapped in a green silk border with black lacquered frame. Each panel is 77.5 x 193 cm (30-1/2 x 76 inches). Overall it is in fine condition, with some toning to the silk typical of age, and one light indentation on the far left panel about 1 cm (1/2 inch) long. The screen is signed Beizan Utsuru, followed by a stamp which appears to read Tanryo. Matsubara Beizan was an award winning Meiji era artist based in Tokyo.