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Murase Taiitsu (1803-1881)
bunjin
Tokiwa Gozen and her childeren
Signed: Taiitsu Rôjin heidai
Seals: Taiitsu Rôjin sanzetsu & Hakusetsu
Technique: sumi on paper 139,2 x 39,5
Mounting: azure silk
blue porcelain rollers, 208,5 x 54
Box: Inscribed
Condition: Slight foxing, otherwise good

常盤
神庇両兒懐一児
路逢風雪奈何時
運窮豈料児如虎
齒盡仇家赫白旗

Tokiwa
The gods protect the two children and shield the baby too
On their way, they are overtaken by an endless blizzard
Their fate seems sealed; how could they know the infant would become a tiger,
that his teeth would tear enemies apart and turn their white banners red?
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Tokiwa Gozen (1138–c. 1180) was the wife to Minamoto no Yoshitomo, and mother of three sons, the youngest of whom became the great general Minamoto no Yoshitsune. She is primarily associated with an incident during the 1160 Heiji Rebellion, in which she fled through the snow with her three young sons.

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