A group of samurai won a victory in a battle. Hanging scroll Circa Edo period, 17th century. Painted on paper with ink and pigments. The samurai on the far right is holding a stand with the head of their enemy’s general. In Japanese history the enemy's head was to prove the samurai's feat in a war. If the opponent defeated was in a higher position, the better rewarded. There is an inscription on the scroll reads Tosa Mitsuoki hitsu, means painted by Tosa Mitsuoki. Tosa Mitsuoki (1617-1691) was a representative artist of Tosa school in Edo period. He devoted himself to revive the Tosa school of painting as a Kyoto court painter, which had been many years held by Tosa family, but become in possession by Kano school since Muromachi period (1336-1573). Mitsuoki studied Kano school painting as well as Song dynasty and Yuan dynasty (AD 960-1279) Chinese court paintings, and held the position back as a court painter in 1654.
There are some stains and folding creases on the painting due to its great age. The mounting is in reasonable condition with creases and stains present.
Painting : 32 3/8" x 19” (82cm × 48cm)
Scroll : 36 1/8" x 50” (91.5cm × 127cm)