woodblock print from 1908. The illustration shows the famous Tomoe Gozen
putting on her armour before the battle. Tomoe Gonzen
(~1157; ~1247) was one of a few female warriors (onna bugeisha
) of the Japanese history. She served Shôgun Minamoto no Yoshinaka
and was one of the most brave warriors. In the epic literature of the samurai tradition, she is described as one who could deal with "thousands" and even with "demons or Gods".Kuchi-e
are woodblock prints which were printed for the publication in Japanese novels and literary magazines. Produced at the turn of the century (1868-1912).
The translation of Kuchi-e
means "mouth images". Seen that way, they are, if you like, the precursors of the later mangas
Artist: Tomoe Kobori
(1864 - 1931)
Format: 27,5 x 20 cm.
Year of publication: around 1903
Condition: Sheet is slightly brown due to its age. Some wormholes at the edges (reinforced). The lower right corner is slightly rubbed.
Colours: Good and brilliant.
Beautiful rare sheet.This image may slightly vary in colour to the original - due to the photo/scan.