Okubo Tadanori (1560-1639) Rescuing Tokugawa Ieyasu on the Battlefield, 1881
Ink on Paper
13 1/8 in. x 8 13/16 in. (333.38 mm x 223.84 mm)
No. 13. Back to back print with 93.6.49.
Japanese text printed in the upper area of the image. Title on mat, in pencil. Seal: Taiso. Text: Tentendo shujin. Signed: Taiso Yoshitoshi ga.
Colored ink woodblock on paper.
Back to back print. Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a warrior; battle behind him is represented by black, swirling clouds.
Okubo Hikozaemon (1560-1639) was one of Tokugawa Ieyasu's trusted generals and advisers. The episode in Yoshitoshi's picture is not mentioned in the brief biographies of Okubo in standard history books, but from the print's text by Ryutei Tanehiko II it is clear that the incident took place soon after Ieyasu's successful siege of Osaka castle. A temporary encampment was set up in Hirano village near Sumiyoshi in a temple building dedicated to Bodhisattva Jizo. The building came under fire, and Okubo risked his own life to carry his general to safety. For a moment death seemed certain, and Okubo expected that he was carrying his lord to paradise, but suddenly the danger was past.
(Ref. Keyes, Roger, and George Kuwayama. "The Bizarre Imagery of Yoshitoshi: The Herbert R. Cole Collection," 46.
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