1898 - Samurai Lord Ghost - Taira no Tomomori
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Authentic original Meiji Period Japanese Woodblock Print Picture
Artist: Kunichika Toyohara (1835 - 1900)
Date: Meiji Period, 1898
Title of picture: Ichikawa Danjuro Engei Hyakuban - Taira no Tomomori
From the series: Ichikawa Danjuro Engei Hyakuban (One Hundred Kabuki Actors by Ichikawa Danjuro)
Description: 100% Japanese genuine & authentic original samurai warrior woodblock print picture from 1898 depicting the drowned and blue-faced, Taira no Tomomori. Very good colors. Condition is fair+ due to the water damage stains; still a cool-looking and captivating picture despite that. Please see and judge from photos.
Size of woodblock print picture: 23.8 cm x 36.2 cm
About Taira no Tomomori: Taira no Tomomori (1152–1185) was a prominent samurai and military leader during the late Heian and early Kamakura periods of Japanese history. He was a member of the powerful Taira clan, known for its rivalry with the Minamoto clan. Tomomori played a significant role in the Genpei War, which was a struggle for power between the Taira and Minamoto clans. He is particularly remembered for his involvement in the Battle of Dannoura in 1185, which marked the final battle of the Genpei War.
During the Battle of Dannoura, Taira no Tomomori, along with other Taira leaders, faced defeat at the hands of the Minamoto forces. Legend has it that rather than being captured, Tomomori and some loyal retainers committed suicide by drowning themselves in the sea. More specifically, Tomomori tied himself to a heavy anchor from his vessel and plunged into a dark, watery grave in the Bay of Dannoura.
Legend also has it that Tomomori and his Taira clan haunt the Bay of Dannoura ever since.
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