A major theme within woodblock prints of the Meiji period (1868-1912) was pictures of famous moments in Japanese history. Here, Nobukazu shows the attack on Honno-ji Temple in Kyoto that took place June 21/22, 1582. During this battle the great warrior and statesman Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) was forced to commit suicide by his advisor general Akechi Mitsuhide (1526-1582). Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Taiko) marched to revenge Nobunaga’s betrayal, attacked Mitsuhide and killed him. Hideyoshi then reestablished order in the country.
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- Titles Shinshu Taiko Kushi (A True Record of Taiko: The Attack on Honno-ji Temple) (Proper)
- Artist Nobukazu Yosai, Japan, 1874 - 1944
- Medium ink and color on paper (triptych)
- Dimensions (each) 14 7/16 x 9 3/4 in. (36.7 x 24.8 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by Miss Belle Comer, by exchange, 1992.28.1-.3
- Work Type woodblock prints
- Classification Prints
- Signature Recto, printed in yellow cartouch, bottom left of left print: Printed in Meiji December / Published in Meiji 27 January, the person responsible for printing and publishing / Tokyo City Nihonbashi-ku Yokoyamacho 3-chome Tsujioka Bunsuke (????????? ?? / ????? ?? / ????????????? / ???? / ???? ????)
- Marks Recto, printed in yellow cartouch, bottom left of left print: Printed in Meiji December / Published in Meiji 27 January, the person responsible for printing and publishing / Tokyo City Nihonbashi-ku Yokoyamacho 3-chome Tsujioka Bunsuke (????????? ?? / ????? ?? / ????????????? / ???? / ???? ????)
- Inscription Recto, printed in cartouch, top right on right print: Honno-ji Incident / Authentic Taikoki (Shinsho Taikoki / Honno-ji Yakiuchi no Zu, ????? / ???????)