A samurai and his retainer helping his load to dress in armor. Painted with ink and pigments on silk. During Warring States period (sengoku period), samurai had a specialist retainer who can put armors on them before going to a war. The specialist stylists were familiar with armor and well aware of the order of dressing up so that samurai did not waste their time to join the war. Signed Hogan Eishin and sealed.
Kano Yasunobu (Eishin) (1613-1685) was a brother of Kano Tan'yu (1602-1674) and Kano Naonobu (1607-1650). He was selected to succeed as head of the Kano school. In 1630 Yasunobu moved to Edo, where he served as court painter at the Tokugawa shogunal court. He was granted a residence in the Nakabashi district of Edo, where he founded the Nakabashi Kano School, which was one of the four highest-ranking Kano studios. Yasunobu received the honorary religious title hogen (Eye of the Law), bestowed on artists of merit in 1662.
The painting is in good condition.
Painting: 20”x 41 3/8” (50.5cm x 105.0cm)