Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Storm: Nakamura Shikan III as Watanabe no Tsuna, 1876
Series; Barometer of Emotions, 1876 - 1877
Storm: Nakamura Shikan III as Watanabe no Tsuna, 1876 - Fantastic kabuki portrait of Nakamura Shikan III as the legendary samurai Watanabe no Tsuna from a rarely seen Yoshitoshi series. A loyal retainer of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Raiko), Watanabe was one of Yorimitsu's trusted "Shitenno" or "Four Guardian Kings." Here, he grips a signpost with both hands outside a temple, frowning angrily. He wears a purple kimono patterned with medallions bordered with swirling clouds tucked into a green and white dotted kamishimo over a fine suit of armor. A terrific bold design, beautifully colored and detailed with burnishing on the armor, fine line work on the hair, and bokashi shading in the night sky. A great Yoshitoshi design that we've only seen twice before.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 1/2" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Stitching holes at side, a couple wormholes, small loss at edge, repaired. Slight soiling, slight paper remnant at side. Please see photos for details.