Chikanobu Yoshu, The Battle of Awaduhara, Tomoe Gozen

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Chikanobu Yoshu (1838–1912)
Title: The Battle of Awaduhara
Publisher: Hasegawa Tsunejiro
Date: 1893
Size: (L)35.2 x 24.2 (C)35.3 x 24.9 (R)35.3 x 24.8 cm
Condition: Watermarks, tears, partly colour running, slightly discoloured.

Tomoe Gozen, shown here on the battlefield, is one of the most famous and admired women warriors in Japanese history, having served Minamoto no Yoshinaka during the Genpei War. She is described in 'The Tale of the Heike' as being very beautiful with charming features, but what set her apart was her incredible strength, her remarkable skills as an archer and swordswoman. Tomoe is often celebrated in books, music, poems, films, historical novels and popular culture.

At the battle of Awazu in 1184, Yoshinaka and his army were outnumbered and sensing imminent defeat, he ordered Tomoe to flee the battlefield. She reluctantly obeys, not before spurring her horse into the middle of the enemy forces and gruesomely beheading one of her opponents, in a last act of loyalty to General Yoshinaka.

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Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Chikanobu Yoshu
Title The Battle of Awaduhara
Subject Samurai & Male
Dimensions (L)35.2 x 24.2 (C)35.3 x 24.9 (R)35.3 x 24.8 cm
Condition Report Watermarks, tears, partly colour running, slightly discoloured.