Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Emperor Godaigo, Illustrated History of Great Japan

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: The 96th Emperor, Godaigo
Series: Illustrated History of Great Japan
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Date: 1880
Size: (L) 334.7 x 23.5 (C) 34.7 x 23.5 (R) 34.7 x 22.8 cm
Condition: Slight wear and tears, paper loss and holes restored, paper residue on the back.

The series 'Illustrated History of Great Japan' consists of illustrations of famous incidents in the lives of selected Japanese Emperors and mythical or semi-mythical figures.


Emperor Go-Daigo is known for his short-lived Kemmu Restoration, which for a brief time in the 1330s brought a break in samurai (shogunate) rule over Japan. After a heated battle, he sought refuge in a secluded castle in Kasagiyama in the mountains, but the shogun's army attacked the refuge and set it on fire. The Emperor was forced to escape in a storm, barefoot and dressed as a commoner, helped by two brothers. This design by Yoshitoshi shows Godaigo walking the rough mountainside in a wind storm and leaning on a walking stick. The castle is engulfed in flames at the top left, adding to the dramatic design. The margins of the print resemble the ends of a hand-scroll with the series title and signature of the artist on the right.

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Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title The 96th Emperor, Godaigo
Subject Samurai & Male
Dimensions (L) 334.7 x 23.5 (C) 34.7 x 23.5 (R) 34.7 x 22.8 cm
Condition Report Slight wear and tears, paper loss and holes restored, paper residue on the back.