The texture of the rice paper that this woodcut image was originally printed on can be seen in the pale areas of the warrior’s face, and the moon’s surface. The beautiful blue of the sky we have enhanced to what we believe would be the original print colour, and we have placed our own black matte (border colour) around the image to make professional printing results better, but otherwise, this masterpiece is as intended.
This Samurai is acting more like a ninja as he climbs in the dead of night, to get the advantage over his enemy. He has a sword and a water gourd on his back. In fact it is a young Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a famous general of Warring Period Japan, taking a small group of soldiers to attack the Inaba mountain fortress. This piece is the 7th in Yoshitoshi’s acclaimed 100 Aspects of the Moon series.
Artist: Taiso Yoshitoshi
Date: 1880s (no exact date)
Original Type: Ukiyo-e woodcut
Size: A4 to A1 sizing, gloss or matte finish