Series: The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai) Restoration: 1868 -1912
Category: Women Samurai
Accession Number: DFJN2020PRWS0017
Title (Original): 本能寺での戦い
Title: Hon'nouji de notatakai
Translated Title: The Battle at Honnō Temple
Artist (Original): 歌川豊信（1859-86）
Artist: Utagawa Toyonobu (1859-86)
Medium: Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Publisher: Hayashi Kichizo
Publication Date: 1883
Acquisition Date: 15 / 11 / 2020
Country of origin: Japan
Size: 2 Oban tate-e. 36.8 x 47.8 cm
Condition: Excellent colour and detail. Sheets are pasted together by album backing paper. Slight ink stains.
From the Series “Shinsen Taiko-ki” (New Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi). This large series, containing at least 51 illustrations, chronicled the significant events in the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537 – 98), one of the “Three Great Unifiers” after the civil wars in Japan.
Hon'nouji de notatakai (The Battle at Honnō Temple). The loyal followers of Oda Nobunaga, Mori Ranmaru (left) and Ano no Tsubone (upper right: court lady Ano) are battling against the force of Akechi Mitsuhide at the night attack of Honnō Temple. Ranmaru’s lance was caught by Akechi’s samurai warrior Yasuda Sakubei.