Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Story of Tamiya Botaro, 1886
Series; A New Selection of Eastern Brocade Pictures
The Story of Tamiya Botaro, 1886 - Handsome illustration based on the true story of Tamiya Botaro. While Botaro was a young child, a fencing master murdered his father, and the boy swore to avenge his father's death. He is shown here sitting alongside a pool bordered with lotus blossoms and leaves that tower above him, watching as his faithful nurse Otsuji lifts a bucket of water from a well. She wears a faintly embossed white robe, her long hair flowing loosely over her shoulders. When Botaro was imprisoned by the fencing master, who planned to murder him as well, Otsuji did penance under a waterfall, praying for the boy's release. She finally drowned herself so that the gods could take her soul in exchange for the boy's, and then he was released. At the age of seventeen, Botaro finally avenged his father's death. An attractive design from this poignant tale, with beautiful color, soft shading in the water and sky, and delicate cloth embossing on Otsuji's kimono.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 19 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels. Tack holes near corners, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and small marks. Please see photos for details.