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|Title||Tsûzoku Sangokushi no uchi: Bachô ôi ni sui-kyô ni tatakau|
|Artist||Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)|
|Medium||Woodblock print (nishiki-e)|
|Size||Ôban tate-e triptych [Each sheet 14 x 9 1/2 inches]|
|Notes||Series: Heroes of the Popular Romance of the Three Kingdoms: Tsûzoku Sangokushi eiyû no ichinin|
Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichizô
Reference: Robinson, Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints (1982), list T306
Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a Chinese historical novel written in the fourteenth century by Luo Guanzhong about the period between the years 184 and 280 CE. During this turbulent period of history, China was composed of three competing kingdoms–the Wei (also known as Cao Wei), the Han (also known as Shu Han or Shu) and the Wu (also known as Eastern Wu). Kuniyoshi's triptych depicts the battle between Bachô and Sôsô.
Utagawa Kuniyoshi (c.1797 - April 14, 1861) was one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting. He is associated with the Utagawa school. The range of Kuniyoshi's preferred subjects included many genres: landscapes, beautiful women, Kabuki actors, cats, and mythical animals. He is known for depictions of the battles of samurai and legendary heroes. His artwork was affected by Western influences in landscape painting and caricature.
From an album compiled by a nineteenth-century Japanese print publisher.
Condition: Stong impression and fantastic colour. Light vertical crease through the centre of each sheet.