Japanese Signed Woodblock Triptych | The Battles of Kawanakajima | Yoshiharu | 1828-1888
Pictured, and for sale, is an excellent triptych in full color. It represents a Battle of Kawanakajima, (Kawanakajima-no-tatakai), fought in the Sengoku Period of Japan between Takeda Shingen of Kai Province and Uesugi Kenshin of Echigo Province in the Plain of Kawanakajima. Five battles took place in 1553, 1555, 1557, 1561, and 1564. The best known and severest among them was fought on September 10, 1561, of which this triptych represents.
The three prints that make up the triptych are in excellent condition, uncut and untrimmed, not laid down, with an excellent impression and no fading of color, (good bleed through on the back). Slight toning on the borders. The piece is signed with all the appropriate signatures/seals, (Yoshiharu).
Image Dimension: 9-1/4” w x 14-1/4””h. (oban tate-e).
Additional Information —
From translation, the general whose head appears just below and to the left of the cartouche is Takeda Shingen. A detail that belongs to this is the figure of Uesugi Kenshin, (Kagetora was Kenshin’s name before he took Buddhist vows), raising his sword to strike.
Additionally, a triptych is a work of art, that are divided into three sections, or three painted or carved panels, which are meant to be framed as one, affording a panoramic view of the subject. We see numerous Japanese woodblock prints executed in this manner.