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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Yoshitoshi, Original Japanese Woodblock Print, Warrior, Ukiyo-e Art, Folklore

1892

$1,335.55Asking Price

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Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892) Title: 18. Fujiwara no Hidesato Shooting the Centipede at the Dragon King's Palace Series: New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi Date: 1892 Dimensions: 23.9 x 35.5 cm Condition: Some brown stains on the lower centre and upper left corner. Glue stains on the back from the previous mounting. Slightly trimmed. A proven warrior during Taira no Masakdo's insurgency in the tenth century, Fujiwara no Hidesato has been called upon by the Dragon King in order to vanquish a giant centipede terrorising the underwater kingdom. Alerted of the monstrous insect's presence, the archer rushes to the palace balcony and prepares his bow. With the first shot unable to penetrate the centipede's body, he aims again. Once more the arrow merely bounces off its skeletal body. Propelled by its myriad legs, the grotesque arthropod crawls closer towards the palace. Unperturbed, Hidesato spits on his third arrowhead and prays. His holy words said and done, he aims and fires. Finally paralysing the nightmarish creature, he proceeds to hack it down, finishing it off once and for all. The Dragon Palace is saved and for his bravery, Hidesato is rewarded greatly with magical gifts bestowed by the Dragon Princess. Of one of these gifts is a bag of never-ending rice, earning him the nickname Tawara Tōda (My Lord Bag of Rice). Rather than focus on the terror of the centipede, Yoshitoshi's focuses on the dignified concentration of the archer readying his bow. The Dragon Princess takes cover behind him, with the marine palace structure emerging from the waves visualising the magical setting.

Details

  • Creator
    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892, Japanese)
  • Creation Year
    1892
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.98 in. (35.5 cm)Width: 9.41 in. (23.9 cm)Depth: 0.04 in. (1 mm)
  • Medium
    Handmade Paper,Mulberry Paper,Washi Paper,Pigment,Woodcut,Sumi Ink
  • Period
  • Condition
    Some brown stains on the lower centre and upper left corner. Glue stains on the back from the previous mounting. Slightly trimmed.
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: JG0117171stDibs: LU68234644821

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