Wounded Samurai Drinking Sake C. 1870
Japanese Title: Sake o nomu Samurai
A severely wounded Samurai warrior shot up with arrows and bleeding profusely from the head and side sits upon a lowly vassal and relishes a last drink of sake from a bowl before he succumbs.
The Daisho pair of swords are clearly exhibited in his waist sash. The Katana is the long, primary battle sword and the Wakizashi is the smaller back up or auxiliary sword used in close quarters fighting. If you encountered a man displaying the two Daisho in feudal Japan, then he was certainly a Samurai.
A master artist's sketch preparatory to creating a wood block print around 1870.
Attributed to the Tsukioka School.
February 17th, 2013
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