Provenance: Hayashi Tadamasa Lugt 2971
Original drawing in sumi, on very thin paper as usual for the preparatory drawings.
This sketch has been used in one of the prints of the series The Sixty-nine Post Stations of the Kisokaidô Road (Kisokaidô rokujûku tsugi);
Tokiwa Gozen (1138 – c. 1180) or Lady Tokiwa, was a Japanese noblewoman of the late Heian period. She was mother of the great samurai general Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Lady Tokiwa bore three sons to Minamoto no Yoshitomo, of which the youngest was Yoshitsune. Lady Tokiwa is primarily associated, in literature and art, with an incident in which she fled through the snow, protecting her three young sons within her robes, during the 1160 Heiji Rebellion.