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Print of Samurai Yoshisada in Battle, ca 1935

Print, 14 x 6.25 in. (sight), matted to 20 x 12.25 in., featuring a brightly colored illustration of a Japanese samurai on horseback dodging and fighting off an abundance of arrows, at least one of which appears to have pierced his horse. Japanese characters printed to upper right corner and in margin to right side of print. Modern handwritten label suggests that the print depicts Samurai Yoshisoda at battle, and is part of a series on Japanese heroes printed in 1935.

Nitta Yoshisada (ca 14th century), head of the Nitta clan, was most famous for his successful march on Kamakura in 1333 against the Hōjō clan after which he was appointed governor of the Echigo, an old coastal province located in north-central Japan. Notably, Nitta is said to have died during the Siege of Kuromaro when he cut off his own head in the ritual act of seppuku after becoming pinned under his fallen horse. The horse allegedly fell atop Nitta after sustaining fatal wounds from enemy arrows. The illustration featured here, thus, could depict Nitta in battle moments before his death.

Condition:

Very minor surface soil to mat, with minor wear to mat edges. Modern handwritten label affixed to upper left corner of mat with tape.

Estimate: $300 - $500
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