Ogata Gekko: Tomoe, the Female Warrior - Japanese Art Open Database

Artist: Ogata Gekko

Title: Tomoe, the Female Warrior

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Friday, 5 August 2005 Title Tomoe, the Female Warrior kuchi-e Artist Gekko Ogata 1859-1920 Signature Gekko Seal artist's seal Dated ca. 1900s Technique/Medium Woodblock print Impression very good Colors very good … silver colored metallic pigment Condition good … soiled, two horizontal folds usual for kuchi-e, album backing partially removed. Description The renowned female warrior, Tomoe-gozen in 11th Century. Her husband (lover?) was Genji General, Kiso Yoshinaka. She was described as follows in "The Tale of Heike" : Tomoe was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swords-woman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill; she rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword, and a mighty bow; and she performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors. Width 8.5 inches = 21.5 cm Height 11.6 inches = 29.5 cm

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