Japanese Print Description
Ko-ayakawa Sayemon-no-suke Takakane
Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga
Series: Heroes of the Taiheiki
From the set Taiheiki eiyuden, “Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki. A history of the wars of the loyalist Nitta and Kusunoki families against the Ashikaga war-lords during the second quarter of the fourteenth century. But in fact the subject of this set of fifty prints is about the civil war of the late 16th century which unified Japan. Censorship restrictions imposed in the 1840s prevented publishers from illustrating historical subjects from the Tensho era 1573-92 onwards, so the publishers circumvented this by slightly altering the names of the historical figures.
Good impression, colours and condition.