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Triptych: Surprise Attack
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Triptych: Surprise Attack


Description Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578), on horseback at right, is shown breaking into his enemy's camp on the eve of battle. Taken by surprise, Takeda Shingen (1521-1573) defends himself with his iron war fan. But even a surprise attack did not bring an end to what turned out to be a ten-year war between skilled strategists. This particular episode became a favorite subject for printmakerss and playwrights. Chikashige depicts actors, who assume traditional cross-eyed poses to underscore the psychological intensity of the moment.
Provenance C. Robert Snell, Oriental Arts & Antiques, Timonium, Maryland; purchased by Justine Lewis Keidel, Owings Mills, Maryland, after 1971; given to Walters Art Museum, 1991.
Inscriptions [Signature] With tama shape Morikawa Chikashige hitsu
Credit Gift of Justine Lewis Keidel, 1991

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Period
1876 (Meiji)
Medium
mulberry paper, pigments
(Prints)
Accession Number
95.696
Measurements
H: 13 7/8 x W: 27 15/16 in. (35.2 x 71 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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