The Great Battle of Yamazaki in 1599 as Told in the Taikôki (Keichô yonen Taikôki Ô-Yamazaki no zu)

「慶長四年 太閤記大山崎之図」

Japanese
Meiji era
1869 (Meiji 2)
Artist Kikusui Shigehiro (Japanese, active 1860s)


Catalogue Raisonné

A different print with the same title: Konishi, Nishiki-e bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 4, p. 124

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 36 x 73.8 cm (14 3/16 x 29 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.39442a-c

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The earlier Battle of Yamazaki, also sometimes called the Battle of Mount Tennô, actually took place in 1582 rather than 1599. At this battle, Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeated Akechi Mitsuhide, who had killed Oda Nobunaga, and thereby became the ruler of Japan.
However, the true subject of the print is the fighting at Yamazaki during the Bôshin War of 1868-9.

Signed

Shigehiro (on left sheet only)
茂広

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection