|Artist||Utagawa Yoshikata (active c. 1841-1864)|
|Published||1862 (Bunkyu 2) 2nd month|
|Dimensions||Horizontal ôban triptych; each sheet 37 x 24.5 cm (14 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.)|
Publisher: Kagiya Shôbei
Artist Signature: Isshinsai Yoshikata ga (on left sheet only)
Censor's Sea: Dog 2 aratame
A fantastically energetic triptych depicting a chaotic battle from the Japanese epic The Taiheiki. The story details the warring period between the northern and southern courts in the fourteenth century. On the right, the warrior Kido Zenbei tumbles face-first off his rearing horse, still gripping the reins with one hand. He lands atop two other Samurai sprawled on the ground, one throwing his hand up in self-defence. In the centre, Nishiki Musashi no kami glares fiercely as he twists in the saddle, his wild hair flowing around his head. Sato Kazue no kami approaches on horseback at left, holding a pole and wearing a horned battle helmet. The same impression is held in The Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Yoshikata was part of the Utagawe school of Japanese printmaking, founded by Toyoharu.
Condition: Three separate panels, backed with paper. Slight rubbing at edges.