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The Battle of Nagakute

Edo period, 18th c.

The Tokugawa Art Museum

The Tokugawa Art Museum

Introduced by the Portuguese via the island of Tanegashima (now Kagoshima Prefecture) in 1543, the matchlock (Hinawaju, also known as Tanegashima) radically transformed warfare in Japan. it was most famously used in the Battle of Nagashino of 1575, when the combined forces of Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu systematically employed a large number of matchlock rifles to defeat the army of Takeda katsuyori.
This work illustrates the battle scene of Tokugawa Firing Squad and their matchlocks.

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  • Title: The Battle of Nagakute
  • Date Created: Edo period, 18th c.
  • Medium: Colors and ink on paper

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