Minamoto-Heike War Record: No. 2 Taira no Kiyomori and Lady Tokiwa gozen, datable to 1885
Ink on Paper
14 in. x 9 1/4 in. (35.56 cm x 23.5 cm)
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”
Colored ink on paper.
The Heike leader Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181), at right, stares down at Lady Tokiwa Gozen, whose husband, Minamoto no Yoshitomo (1123-1180), was recently killed. She had fled Kyoto with her three sons, concerned that the Heike forces would kill her boys. When her mother was threatened with torture and execution if Yoshitomo’s widow and children were not found, Lady Tokiwa returned to Kyoto and surrendered to Kiyomori. By becoming his mistress, she was able to free her mother and spare the lives of her sons, one of whom was Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189), who became a famous Genji warrior.
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