Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Watonai Hunting a Tiger, circa 1846
Comments - Incredible Kuniyoshi depiction of the great warrior Kato Kiyomasa (Watonai) confronting a tiger in Korea. Kiyomasa was one of the three senior commanders during the Seven-Year War with Korea, and he had the opportunity to hunt tigers while there. He lunges ahead, thrusting his spear at the animal as one of his men hangs lifeless from the tiger's jaw, his sword abandoned in the nearby snow. The tiger is enormous with, with glowing green eyes and beautifully detailed fur. Kiyomasa wears a red vest patterned with his circular crest over his armor, his personal standard topped with leaves flying above his head. At right, Kiyomasa's troops force a tiger over a cliff, the animal clinging to the edge of a snowy precipice as three samurai with spears and swords prepare to attack. An incredible, dramatic image from this historic campaign.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 29 1/8" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small losses at corners, stitching holes at one side of each panel, a few small holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.