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The Taira Ghosts Attacking Yoshitsune’s Ship

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    During the twelfth century, the Minamoto and Taira warrior clans waged decades of battles that were depicted in countless stories and pictures. In the final sea battle between the two clans at Dannoura in 1185, the brilliant commander Minamoto no Yoshitsune destroyed the Taira fleet and the leading members of the Taira family were slain or drowned. Soon afterwards Yoshitsune was caught in a terrible storm and the ghosts of the dead Taira warriors rose from the depths of the sea to sink the ship.

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    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of creation)
    AsiaJapanHonshūKantōTōkyō prefecture Tōkyō (place of publication)
    Asia Japan (Daimotsu Bay) (subject)
    1843 - 1845
    Edo Period (1600 - 1868)
    Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) (designer)
    Associated people
    Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159 - 1189) (subject)
    Material and technique
    mount 55.5 x 27.5 cm (height x width)
    sheet 32.3 x 23 cm (height x width)
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    Presented by George Grigs, Miss Elizabeth Grigs, and Miss Susan Messer, in memory of Derick Grigs, 1971.
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