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Tomoe Gozen

Tomoe Gozen

(2013)

I recently felt the need to paint another Samurai. After a long time researching the subject I finally decided to paint a historical figure by the name of Tomoe Gozen.

She was one of those rare female warriors who trained in using weapons and wearing armour to fight and protect their homesteads and honour in time of war. They were referred to as Onna Bugeisha and not 'Samurai'. I placed her name on her banner and Onna Bugeisha is written on the left, next to my signature.

Original size: 24" x 18" (61cm x 45 cm)
Painted on stretched coloured paper using acrylic paints.