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Portrait said to be of Nawa Nagatoshi
Important Cultural Property
By Touhaku Hasegawa
1 hanging scroll
Color on silk
Azuchi-Momoyama period/16th century
Tokyo National Museum
This piece is one of the best works by Hasegawa Tohaku (1539~1610) while he was using the name Hasegawa Nobuharu. The motif is an elderly person sitting on tatami in a deep-green summer suou (ceremonial dress of lower-class samurai). In front of him is a page in a flamboyant kataginu hakama (= kamishimo, a ceremonial dress worn by the samurai) and a stable hand holding the reins of a reddish-brown horse. A navy blue sword is against the wall by the elderly figure. The page and the stable hand are wearing short swords, and a flint bag is attached to the stable hand.
The main figure has been considered to be Nawa Nagatoshi, who was a samurai lord in the Nanbokucho period, but it is not very probable. Now, he is thought to be a warrior who was a contemporary of Nobuharu.