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Matsumoto Fûko (1840-1923)
Nasu no Yoichi in the battle Yashima
Signed: Fûko
Seals: Takatada
Technique: colours on paper 66 x 47,1
Mounting: decorated silk fabric annd purple satin
lacquered rollers, 160 x 60,2
Box: double box
Condition: very good

Nasu no Yoichi (那須 与一?) (c. 1169 – c. 1232) was a samurai who fought alongside the Minamoto clan in the Genpei War. He is particularly famous for his actions at the Battle of Yashima in 1184. According to the Heike Monogatari, the enemy Taira placed a fan atop the mast of one of their ships, claiming it protected the ship from arrows, and daring the Minamoto warriors to shoot it off. Sitting atop his mount in the waves, his target atop the ship rocking as well, Nasu nevertheless shot it down with only one shot.

Fûko successfully followed the line of Kikuchi Yôsai (1788-1878).

Fûko came to the studio of Yôsai after his education with Oki Ichiga (1798-1855) and Satake Eikai (1803-1874). When grown to maturity he specialized in historical subjects and he became a member of the Imperial Fine Arts Academy and a juror for the first four exhibitions of the Bunten.

Nerima-ku '99 # II-1-7, III-22
Roberts, p. 105
Aburai p. 360